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cience is not only a disciple of reason, but, also, one of romance and passion.” So said the late Stephen Hawking, the beloved, world-renowned physicist who died in March. His description of science — the endless pursuit of life’s biggest questions — certainly applies to the PASSIONATE ACADEMICS featured in this week’s cover story detailing the latest breakthroughs at our local universities (page 22). In one example, a research team at the University of Idaho is looking for ways to fend off memory loss. At Gonzaga, a professor is designing technology that can scan our bodies in a safer, cheaper way. At WSU, professor Sukanta Bose is part of a group of scientists hoping to learn more about the birth of the universe by scanning the skies for the tiniest echoes of stars that collided billions of years ago. As nerdy as that might sound, how romantic is it to think that people around the global are listening to the stars for answers? — JACOB H. FRIES, Editor


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Socrates Warned Us Government statistics can be twisted into any shape you like BY ROBERT HEROLD


ecently reported unemployment figures have apologists for the Trump administration all a-twitter. The reported figure of 4.0 percent is being touted as the lowest since 2000. The problem is, even giving them every benefit of the doubt, at best this is an incomplete and misleading calculation. At worst, it’s a phony statistic. To be fair, every administration I’ve studied has, in one way or the other, attempted to pull off a version of a statistical sleight of hand when it comes to interpreting economic statistics. They all seek ways to make inflation look lower and make job creation look higher. It isn’t that difficult to pull off. To make unemployment numbers look lower than they really are, you can just stop counting as unemployed those people who have given up looking for work. That’s been done before, and under Obama, Republicans were quick to point this out. How about when it comes to income? Well, if you use an average you get one number, if you use the median you get another. Take your pick. To make inflation look lower, you simply change your reference, your timeframe. To make employment numbers look better, you might count parttime, underpaid workers as fully employed. Obama did a somewhat less contrived version of the same thing — he made recovery on his watch from the 2008 debacle look somewhat better than it really was. Of course Bush II and his team had earlier worked diligently to make the coming 2008 bank debacle seem as unlikely as the Titanic hitting that iceberg. My former Eastern Washington University colleague, the late Keith Quincy, sorted out the various options in his book, Worse Than You Think. His numbers showed that even the highly respected Joseph Stiglitz, who first addressed the charade in his book The Price of Inequality, had somewhat understated the situation. Like so many of his colleagues, even Stiglitz — a Nobel Prize winner — had been held somewhat hostage to the illusion game. It’s that pervasive. My advice? Take that 4.0 percent unemployment number with a grain of salt.


eanwhile, the political right continues in its now almost 40-year-old effort to sell the discredited notion that wealth “trickles down,” thus proving, they say, that wealth at the high end always translates into some wealth landing in the middle and lower end. The problem is they can’t come up with an example of this ever having worked as advertised. Moreover, if we subject all their dubious economic claims to a serious political analysis, we can show that wealth always translates into power. And the lessons of history clearly show us that power, when concentrated, always does bad things to democracies. Professor Quincy opened his study with a telling quote from Plato’s Republic:

Socrates: “First, shouldn’t we explain how a democracy becomes an oligarchy?” Adeimantus: “Yes.” Socrates: “The crucial step is that the rich figure out how to manipulate politics so that laws benefit them instead of the public.” Adeimantus: “So

it seems.” What Reagan’s tax cut and war on unions demonstrated, and what Bush in 2008 underscored, and what Trump’s regressive tax cuts illustrate is, to paraphrase Sinclair Lewis, “What Socrates warned against has arrived here.” We do know that unemployment, underemployment and private debt are higher than acknowledged; that the recession of 2008 hit the poor and the millennial generation harder than acknowledged. The truth is that some of what we deem to be the engines of salvation are making things worse for the public interest. The Congressional Budget Office projects a massive mountain of new debt owing to the giveaways that Trump and his compliant Republican Congress just handed LETTERS over to the Send comments to few wealthy interests who control our politics. And when the bill comes due, guess who’ll pay? It won’t be the oligarchy. It will be those that neoliberalism has left behind — much of the middle class and the millennials. Both Quincy and Stiglitz call attention to what all this means for the current generation and, more broadly, for democracy. Ironically, while the oligarchy predictably yowls about big government, in fact, it truly wants even bigger government. But here’s the thing: They don’t want government to “govern,” rather they want government to “facilitate” the agenda of the rich. We know that to the oligarchy there is no “public interest.” The only legitimate interests are private interests, and stockholders the only voting members.


his midterm election is all about the need to take Socrates’ warning seriously. It’s also about what Benjamin Franklin meant when, in response to the woman on the street who asked, “What kind of government have you given us,” answered, “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.” But with an ignorant demagogue hunkered in the White House in full survival mode? Supported by an amoral and compliant Congress? An open question, indeed. n


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We laughed at the Coen brothers’ twisted sense of humor in the quirky little cop movie FARGO, explored the terrifying depths of heroin addiction in TRAINSPOTTING (the Inlander’s film critic called it a “gutsy slice-of-life film”) and saw the beginning of what has become the longest reign in television courtrooms with the debut of JUDGE JUDY. The group-dance sensation “MACARENA” topped music charts, and in a case that still captivates people to this day, 6-year-old beauty queen JONBENÉT RAMSEY was murdered in her Colorado home.



Fall 1996 marked the first time the Inlander asked for submissions to its SHORT FICTION CONTEST, asking for submissions between 4,000 and 7,000 words, with the promise of publication in the Dec. 24 issue that year and a $100 giftcard to Auntie’s Bookstore. The winner was Bekka Rauve, a professional video editor and freelance writer based out of Wallace, Idaho, who wrote a short drama about the tensions between “four well-fed Baptist virgins” rooming together as they attended Washington State University.


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n the early weeks of this year, Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, became the richest person in the history of the world. His net worth is now estimated at over $130 billion. It’s a ridiculous amount of money. So much money that Bezos himself doesn’t even seem totally sure what to do with it. “The only way that I can see to deploy this much financial resource is by converting my Amazon winnings into space travel,” he said in a recent interview. While Bezos dreams of the stars, there are more

pressing problems back down here on Earth. For example, in Seattle alone, where Amazon is headquartered, 10,000 people are homeless. These two anecdotes — a man of unimaginable wealth destined to create a home on Mars and a small city within a city of people struggling to find shelter — are not just random observations from our increasingly economically divided nation arbitrarily paired together by this columnist. Rather they are interconnected phenomena resulting from the same sequence of events. Amazon’s impact on Seattle is hard to fully describe. In part, that’s because the two are so deeply intertwined. Amazon has more office space in Seattle than the next

40 largest employers combined. In fact, it makes up nearly 20 percent of all prime office space. The relatively conservative Seattle Times has written that Amazon has turned Seattle into “America’s biggest company town.” The biggest difference in the economic boom of Seattle versus Spokane can be attributed to this single company. And while unemployment rates are falling and home prices are rising everywhere, Amazon ensures this is especially true in Seattle. So Seattle’s modern successes and challenges directly stem from Amazon’s growth — and one of its greatest challenges has been ensuring affordable housing for its residents. Home prices and rents are rising faster than anywhere else in the country as tech workers fill apartments faster than they can be built. Seattle’s politicians have declared the homelessness crisis a “state of emergency,” but so far strong rhetoric has failed to produce significant funding. A report commissioned (and then partially disavowed) by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce suggests that over $400 million is needed annually to address the problem — about twice what’s being spent currently by public and private sources combined. Fortunately, the Seattle City Council is taking action. A bare majority of council members proposed a $500 tax per employee on employers with gross revenues of at least $20 million annually. On Monday, the council approved a compromise plan with a $275-per-employee tax that would generate about $48 million, not enough to fully address homelessness, but a start. The world’s richest man, though, is not a fan. Jeff Bezos’ hatred of taxes is near legendary. It’s said that he once considered headquartering Amazon on an Indian reservation to avoid taxes and ultimately chose Seattle because Washington state has no income tax. In response to the initial tax proposal, Amazon halted planning on additional construction projects and suggested that if it were to pass, it may sublease rather than move into some of the office space it’s already built. With the compromise, it’s unclear if Amazon will follow through on its threats. Regardless, it’s certainly gross to see the world’s richest man trying to block a modest tax increase to help some of his city’s neediest residents. But it does raise a question: Would Seattle really be worse off if Amazon’s growth slowed down or halted? Couldn’t the city use some calming of its real estate and rental markets? And if Jeff Bezos really is blasting off into outer space, might Seattle be better off if he took all of Amazon with him? n John T. Reuter, a former Sandpoint City Councilman, has been active in Idaho’s GOP politics and in protecting the environment and expanding LGBT rights.

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Readers respond to our blog about the Border Patrol opening an office in Spokane to be staffed by about 30 agents (5/8/18): SALYNN WILLIAMS: This is a damn shame. I hate the unabashedness with which this country is now embracing its historic and systemic xenophobia. At least we used to have a lie to aspire to live up to. BEA SNOVER: People are getting blackbagged by the government in broad daylight to be shipped off to overcrowded impromptu prisons, rife with administrative problems and civil rights abuses. I don’t see why people aren’t being suspect of federal workings. Can we continue persecuting minorities? Why aren’t these post-conspiratorial conservative bootlickers ready to fight what could very well come after them with impunity next. GENI BECKHAM: Gotta watch the sneaky Canadians... Border Patrol needs to go back to the border! TIM AHERN: What I read is some asshole wants to use government to expand his department likely in order to get more money. Happens all the time, too bad we don’t get to vote on it. But I mean, that’s democracy for you. PETER HIRE: Are they going to patrol the Idaho-Washington border? Maybe keep all those shifty Idaho-types out? DAVID BROOKBANK: You will hear repeated recourse to “the law,” “they are illegal,” “they broke the law.” This is their bottom-line response to the moral indignation about this issue. The U.S. has always hidden behind its blooddraped flag. KERRY BERG: We who are Americans and follow the laws are very happy. Go home, get in line and maybe you might be back to do it the right way. Support our Border Patrol! ALEX JAY CASTRO: So looking forward to being stopped and responding to demands to see my papers because I’m brown. DIANE ARMSTRONG: Why do they need Border Patrol in a city over 200 miles from the Canadian border? Makes absolutely no sense. Something else is going on here. n

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tion of Inlander (“Integrity Check,” 5/10/18) prompts me to speak truth to power. In the past I have voted for Mr. Nethercutt even though during his tenure some accused him of lacking in integrity. I do agree that Republican candidates in this election cycle have a tricky tightrope to walk. I could divide all voters in this election cycle into three categories.  Never Trumpers  Sever Trumpers  Clever Trumpers We’ve seen the never Trumpers have to eat their words, the sever Trumpers try to alienate potential voters and the clever Trumpers know a good thing when they see it. This past week, Trump cancelled the Iran agreement — never ratified by a legislative LETTERS body. He then met the three Korean Send comments to Americans returning to America from their imprisonment in North Korea escorted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He then went to a rally in Indiana supporting a Republican candidate. I don’t care how much Trump tweets. He is keeping his promises he made while campaigning and showing some muscle. DONNA KUHN, Spokane, Wash.

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Where’s the Bathroom? Downtown businesses have increasingly shuttered their restrooms to non-customers — should the city build its own? BY DANIEL WALTERS


iving on the street comes with a constant stream of basic survival questions: Where do you find food? How do you stay warm? How do you stay safe? But there’s another question that isn’t talked about as much but can feel even more immediate: Where do you poop and pee? Kristina Reisdorph, a homeless woman eating outside City Hall, says she knows the struggle well. The House of Charity — the city’s biggest homeless shelter — has bathrooms, but she doesn’t feel safe there. So she sometimes sleeps outside. And with most public restrooms downtown shuttered to non-customers late at night, she says the only place she’s often able to use the bathroom is the Piggy Mart on Third. And that’s if they let her. So instead, she has to plan ahead. “You don’t drink water,” Reisdorph says. “You know when to not drink fluids and hold it until the morning.” Cities across the country have Another purchased the “Portland Loo,” homeless woman, a restroom building specifically listening nearby, designed to withstand the rigors suggests another of an urban setting. alternative: “You find a corner, you have your boyfriend hold up a blanket and you pee in a cup.” For all the city of Spokane has done recently to try to improve conditions for the homeless, advocates say the lack of public restrooms remains a serious challenge. “They don’t care about taking care of us or our needs,” Reisdorph says. But City Councilwoman Kate Burke says she does. She’s been raising questions about the availability of public restrooms for years. Burke was the lone vote against the city’s revised ordinance concerning homeless camping, raising concerns that there were still too many gaps in the city’s homeless shelter and community court system. But now, Burke is looking to gather council

support to investigate installing new public restrooms downtown — possibly even purchasing “Portland Loo” bathroom facilities specifically engineered to withstand the rigors of the urban experience. “If there’s no collaboration we can have here, and compromise, our city’s just going to stay the same as it is: A lot of homeless people — and homeless people peeing and pooping in places where they shouldn’t,” Burke says. “Something has to change.”


Burke says her concern about city bathrooms started nearly a decade ago: She was working near the House of Charity at a business that regularly had its stoop urinated and defecated on. “The attitude of the business owner was so much hatred toward the HOC,” Burke says. But if it wasn’t for the House of Charity and other nearby social services, Burke says, where would the homeless people go? “I saw it as, ‘Let’s give them a place to go to the bathroom,’ right?” Burke says. “[But] all the businesses downtown say, ‘No, you can’t come in here!’” She says she’s sympathetic to their concerns. About two years ago, while she was still working as the legislative aide for state Sen. Andy Billig, she spoke with Downtown Spokane Partnership president Mark Richard about the issue. “A lot of this is just this unfortunate reality,” Richard says. “There’s an unfortunate amount of the population that tends to use the restroom for things other than restroom activity.” Ryan Oelrich, former chair of the Spokane Homeless Coalition, says he’s heard plenty of similar complaints from businesses. Their public restrooms get trashed or vandalized. People try to flush things they shouldn’t. They use the sink to shave or as an alternative to a shower. They use stalls for injecting drugs or even just as a place to sleep. “[Sometimes] homeless folks will go into the bathroom, lock the doors and basically camp out,” Oelrich says. “In colder months, you’re desperate for shelter. And desperate for privacy. It’s ...continued on next page

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one room you have to yourself.” struggled to balance issues of cost, compassion Several places on the north side of downtown and safety. generally offer public restroom access during the Last year, Pat Coleman, property manager day, including the Spokane Public Library, the for the Community Building and the Saranac Spokane Transit Authority Plaza, Riverfront Park Commons, says the bathrooms in the buildings and River Park Square shopping mall. But the had become frequent drug injection sites. It hours at the library and plaza are limited, and for wasn’t just that needles and syringes had been nearly a year, construction made Riverfront Park left — sometimes, there were spurts of blood from inaccessible. the injections sprayed on the wall. Fawn Schott, director of the local Volunteers Once or twice, Coleman says, people had of America, says that lack of public restrooms has overdosed in the bathroom. And there was a been a major challenge. daycare in the building. “Not having access to a restroom has an After about six months of monitoring the economic impact on our downtown and our toursituation, the Community Building took action: ism and our businesses,” Schott says. “It’s a basic They shuttered public access to the bathroom in human need.” the mezzanine in the Saranac entirely and paid On Third, closer to where homeless ena security company around $2,000 or $3,000 a campments once flourished under the freeway, month to monitor the bathroom in the ComMcDonald’s, Jack in the Box, munity Building. For such a Carl’s Jr., Zips, Taco Bell, Arby’s progressive organization, it was a LETTERS and Taco Time all have restricted difficult choice. Send comments to bathrooms. For patrons only, many “We are progressive,” of the signs said, festooned in man says. “We do believe that corporate logos. See an employee for being a community looking out the key or the code. for each other is vitally important to our sanity On this stretch, only Atilano’s — the Mexican and our health for our society. It’s difficult for place open until 3 am — has an open public restus.” room. Historic Spokane institution Dick’s Hamburgers strikes a compromise. The bathrooms Burke says she understands all the concerns from are closed, but there are two outhouses that are the businesses, but she believes the city can’t let available about 50 feet away on the Dick’s lot — if fears about substance abuse or vandalism stop you can stomach the smell. providing restrooms. Overdoses will happen, she The Starbucks on Second near the House of argues, whether there’s a public restroom or not. Charity still has a keypad on the bathroom door. She suggests the city look at adding more But after a controversy over bathroom access and public restrooms itself. racism in a Philadelphia Starbucks went viral, a In 2013 and 2014, the city tried a version of new company-wide edict went out: The baththat, City Council President Ben Stuckart says: rooms would be open to everyone. It installed outhouses near the homeless encampBut around the same time, however, the Starments under the freeway. bucks on Second in Spokane slashed its hours: It But Stuckart says the feedback from the would now close at 10 pm instead of midnight. business community was overwhelmingly negaEven the Community Building — a building tive. They worried that the portable toilets were that houses, among other things, progressive drawing the wrong crowd, encouraging people to organizations like the Center for Justice — has


sleep on the street instead of finding shelter. On the other hand, Stuckart’s personally seen what happens when there aren’t enough available public restrooms. “Two weeks ago, I was in Seattle when I ran across one of the tent cities near the aquarium, and I accidentally stepped in human waste,” Stuckart says. It can be even worse: Last year, San Diego suffered a hepatitis A outbreak — sparked by unsanitary conditions due to the lack of restrooms near homeless encampments. It sickened nearly 600 and killed 20. That’s why Burke is interested in the Portland Loo. Back in 2008, Portland designed a 24/7 public restroom specifically to withstand the urban challenge. The Portland Loo is solid, largely made from stainless steel. It’s hard to vandalize. The material on the walls makes it easier to wash off graffiti and buff out pocketknife scratches. It comes outfitted with a hose that makes it easy to clean. And crucially, the bathrooms are outfitted with angled slats at the bottom, protecting privacy while still making it easy to see if the bathroom is occupied — or if a person is sleeping or passed out. It’s even designed to make drug use difficult. “It has blue lights in it,” Burke says, “so you can’t see your veins.” The city of Portland has sold the patented bathrooms to cities across the country. “I got 53 locations in about 20 states, three countries,” says Evan Madden, sales manager at Madden Fabrication, which constructs the Portland Loo. Burke says she wants to talk to other members of the council about the possibilities of better public restrooms. Both councilmembers representing the downtown region, Lori Kinnear and Breean Beggs, say the question of adding additional public restrooms is worth exploring. “I would advocate that public restrooms are not just for homeless,” Kinnear says. For anyone walking downtown — especially for older people or people with kids. Ideally, Burke would like the city to consider a pilot, installing one or two Portland Loos. One could be near the House of Charity, she says, while the other could be on the northern border of Riverfront Park. Both would be open 24/7. She even suggests the clean team for the Downtown Spokane Partnership could handle restocking and cleaning. But the Downtown Spokane Partnership is skeptical. “I don’t know if it’s the wisest investment on behalf of the city, rather than getting these folks the help they need,” Richard says. The restrooms can be expensive. For the basic bare-bones model, it’s about $90,000 to purchase one, not including installation. Maintenance costs can vary. In 2013, Portland was paying $90,000 a year simply to clean its six Portland Loos. Portland had to face an initial backlash of angry condo owners and angry utility ratepayers when first installing the Loos. And in San Diego, attempts to build Portland Loos backfired, becoming a “magnet for crime and one of the more notorious financial boondoggles in recent San Diego history,” according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. By 2016 — a year before the hepatitis A outbreak — San Diego tore one of the Loos out and dumped it in the city’s storage yard. The Downtown Spokane Partnership has repeatedly championed — and helped to fund — the city’s efforts to provide 24/7 shelters for everyone. But Richard argues the city should be focused on helping people get out of homelessness, not on making the city a haven for homeless camps. “I’m entirely comfortable saying that we have no desire for the streets of downtown to look like Portland and Seattle,” Richard says. “I do not believe that just encouraging someone to pitch a tent or set up a sleeping bag or just giving them a dollar on the street is a dignified way to treat somebody in need.” But to Burke, not having a place to go to bathroom isn’t dignified either. “We need to humanize these people and give them dignity,” Burke says. “I don’t think we should putting up more barriers.” n

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700 PERCENT The number of WOMEN LOCKED BEHIND BARS in the United States has increased by 700 percent, from about 26,000 to nearly 214,000, since 1980, according to a new report by the Sentencing Project, a research and advocacy group working to reduce mass incarceration. Idaho has the fourth highest rate of incarcerated women at 113 per 100,000. Oklahoma is the highest at 149 per 100,000 women. The national average is 57 per 100,000, according to the report. State and local policies appear to be the biggest driver of the increase, as women’s population in federal prison has remained relatively stable. Men still make up a larger share of the U.S. prison population, but the increase in female prisoners since 1980 is twice that of the male population, according to the report. (MITCH RYALS)

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TRAFFIC CONTROL BNSF Railway wants to build a second RAIL BRIDGE over Lake Pend Oreille to help ease congestion. Right now, three tracks narrow to the single-lane bridge, which has to be used for traffic in either direction. The company says that means trains waiting their turn to cross can back up into Eastern Washington and Western Montana. Environmental groups have expressed concerns over the increased potential for derailments and higher train traffic through the area, while farming and business groups say the project will help get products to market. The public will get a chance to weigh in on the company’s permit application at two public hearings on May 23 in Ponderay and Sandpoint. (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)

BORDERLANDS The city of Spokane has been trying to figure out how to handle concerns over the BORDER PATROL presence at the site of a potential social services center. Last week, that concern got even more pressing. Border Patrol announced it’s reopening its station at 10710 N. Newport Hwy., just east of Whitworth University, where the Spokane Sector Border Patrol Headquarters is currently located. In an email, U.S. Border Patrol operations Officer Bill Kingsford estimated that the office will be staffed with about 30 agents. But City Council President Ben Stuckart is worried that the increased Border Patrol presence will make the city’s downtown Intermodal Center even more unworkable as a location for a proposed “one-stop” shop to address homelessness. He says that the Border Patrol’s sweeps of the Intermodal Center’s Greyhound Depot could dissuade individuals from approaching the shop for help — or worse, put them at risk. (DANIEL WALTERS)

BIG LITTLE LIES The Idaho Statesman and the Idaho Press-Tribune both endorsed Lt. Gov. Brad Little to be the Idaho GOP pick for governor, praising Little for being “honest” and “genuine.” But few ads during the primary have been as downright dishonest as his ads attacking his opponent, Rep. RAÚL LABRADOR, as being “a liberal on immigration.” The ads cherry-pick a few moments throughout Labrador’s career — including before he ever ran for Congress — to argue that Labrador supports amnesty and welfare for unauthorized immigrants. In reality, Labrador famously left a group of House members trying to strike an immigration deal because he was so starkly opposed to unauthorized immigrants receiving government assistance for health care. Meanwhile, the recent immigration bills he’s co-sponsored have been praised by far-right immigration groups like NumbersUSA and the Center for Immigration Studies and condemned by Democrats as a “Mass Deportation Act.” (DANIEL WALTERS)


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Ozzie Vs. Dumpozzie It’s a bit of an understatement to call Rattlesnakes Motorcycle Club founder Scott Maclay a burr in the boot of Spokane County Sheriff OZZIE KNEZOVICH. Maclay’s closer to a tormenter, mixed with a prankster. On Friday, Maclay took it one more step further, literally going to the courthouse to change his legal name to Dumpozzie Dot Com. (Maclay had previously changed his name from Scott Dunwell.) On his titular website,, Maclay announced his intention to run for sheriff against Knezovich, whom he referred to as a “corrupt and murderous sheriff with blood on his hands.” Maclay did not agree to a phone interview with the Inlander, but did, in a text message, refer to himself as “Dumpy.” Knezovich says Maclay’s beef with him goes back to 2002 when Knezovich, then the leader of the Spokane County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, refused to endorse him for Spokane Valley City Council. Maclay has protested the sheriff’s speeches, calling him a “terrorist sheriff,” and accusing him of “Mormonizing” the Sheriff’s Office. After the death of Ryan Holyk, a teenager hit and killed by a speeding sheriff’s deputy, Maclay began throwing volleyballs at patrol cars in

protest, until he received a cease-and-desist letter from Holyk’s family. But Knezovich says Maclay aggressively confronted his wife in 2014 and disrupted the public memorial service of Freeman High School shooting victim Sam Strahan. He worries Maclay is escalating. He sees Maclay as not just irritating, but dangerous. “I started receiving calls and communications from several people saying that Maclay had been planning my demise,” Knezovich says. Maclay, on his website, says the evidence of death threats are nonexistent, but the sheriff says he turned that information over to the FBI to investigate. “I truly believe he’s a psychopath,” Knezovich says. “I truly expect him to try to kill me.” (DANIEL WALTERS)


The OKANOGAN RIVER hit major flood stage last week and could get near record highs by Sunday morning, May 20, according to a National Weather Service forecast. With high water already inundating some homes and land in Okanogan County, crews from local, state and federal agencies have been dispatched to help stage sandbags and shore up dikes and levees in the areas that seem at greatest risk for flooding, says Gerry Bozarth, a spokesman with Okanogan County’s Department of Emergency Management. As temperatures warmed to near 90 degrees in the county, more snowpack in Canada and North Central Washington was expected to melt, Bozarth says. “Even though the Okanogan River had somewhat of a decline in the last couple of days, it is going up at this point and expected to rise to near record levels — or

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A former deputy prosecutor in Stevens County is accusing her old boss, Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen, of giving preferential treatment to male employees and creating a SEXUALLY DISCRIMINATORY work environment. Saundra Richartz began working for Rasmussen as a deputy prosecutor in 2012 and was fired in 2015. During that time, she says in a claim filed in Stevens County, female employees were criticized and judged for their physical appearance and attire. Women who did not meet a certain perception of femininity were seen as “inexperienced,” “useless” or a “bitch,” the claim says. Richartz declined to comment, but says in the claim that she learned of a conversation in which Rasmussen asked another coworker to “take Saundra shopping for some skirts.” The claim also alleges that Richartz was chastised for showing up late for work, while male employees were not. Further, Richartz alleges that Rasmussen took issue with her 10 percent ownership stake in a local distillery, while men talked openly about drinking in front of Rasmussen. Richartz’s attorney, Rod Stephens, says he’s spoken with other women who’ve worked for Rasmussen and supported Richartz’s claims, though he declined to identify them. Rasmussen, in a written statement, says he fired Richartz in part because of her habitual tardiness, which caused other deputy prosecutors to repeatedly cover her duties in court. “I would not be doing my job if I allowed an employee to refuse to come to work on time, refuse to follow county employee policies and sell liquor in the courthouse,” Rasmussen writes. “There are 11 women … who work in the prosecutor’s office. Ask any of them how they are treated. They know the truth about the office and the environment they work in.” (MITCH RYALS)

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Home is Family A refugee family in Spokane is trying to bring their orphaned niece to live with them. Immigration law makes that nearly impossible BY MITCH RYALS


efore, there were bullets, but at least she had family. Now, there are no bullets, but 11-year-old Nyabol Thok Pol has lost her family. Violence, famine and death have been unrelenting presences in her young life in South Sudan and the surrounding land. Without help, she will know nothing else. In 2011, when Nyabol was 5, the African country of Sudan split after decades of warfare where officials estimate 2 million people were killed. Even after South Sudan declared its independence in 2013, the world’s newest state erupted into its own civil war. The conflict began as a power struggle between South Sudan’s leaders and grew into a feud between two of the biggest ethnic groups, the Nuer and the Dinka. Reports have likened the conflict in South Sudan to the atrocities perpetrated against citizens in Darfur, Sudan’s western region, in the mid-2000s: massacres of innocent people, gang rapes and huts burned to the ground by government-backed militias. By 2013, Nyabol’s family, her parents and two older sisters, fled from Akobo, a South Sudanese city near the Ethiopian border, according to her uncle Michael Bacuth, who came to Spokane as a refugee with his wife and two children in 2006. On the road to a refugee camp, Bacuth says, Nyabol’s parents were shot and killed by soldiers in two separate incidents. The three girls managed to escape, and eventually made it to a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Bacuth learned all of this via phone calls from friends left in Africa, though he felt powerless to help his nieces. Rebels attacked the camp after the girls’ arrival, Bacuth says, and Nyabol fled, leaving her two sisters behind. For three years, her family feared she had been killed, though her body was not found. Bacuth finally received word earlier this year from friends that Nyabol turned up in a refugee camp in Egypt. Since January, he’s been trying to legally bring her to the United States to live with his family. Immigration attorneys say what little options he has could take as long as three years or more, if it’s even possible at all. “Five years is a long time,” Bacuth says. “She needs family.”


rom the living room of his home in Spokane, Bacuth describes how he’s worked to ensure his niece’s safety and bring her to the U.S. Family photos hang on the wall — one from his wedding day and another of he and his wife, Mary Chol, with their two oldest children when they lived in Sudan. “From Christmas time,” he says. As he talks, a Netflix show is paused on the TV. A friend called in January to tell him that Nyabol was

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Michael Bacuth worked as a nurse in Sudan before immigrating to the U.S. He says he saw as many as 30 gunshot victims in a single day. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO found, and Bacuth says he began sending money to help pay for food, clothes and a ticket to South Sudan to get her a passport. He asked a friend, who lives in Egypt, if she could stay with him. “Egypt is good,” he says. “Egypt, there is peace there. They don’t have war.” But when he asked Vanessa Nelsen, an attorney with World Relief Spokane, how to bring Nyabol to the U.S., he ran into a tangle of red tape. “Whatever way you look at it, this 11-year-old child doesn’t fit into any category that would allow them to petition the government to bring her here,” Nelsen tells the Inlander. Nelsen says family-sponsored visas are only available to spouses, siblings, parents and children of U.S. citizens, though there are a limited number of visas for siblings and adult children. Green-card holders can only sponsor spouses and unmarried children. That contradicts previous statements by President Donald Trump, which have been a source of frustration for Nelsen and other immigration attorneys. In his State of the Union address in January, Trump lamented the “broken system” where “a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives.” His plan to curtail what he calls “chain migration” is to restrict family-sponsored visas to spouses and minor children — a major shift away from a core principle of U.S. immigration policy known as family reunification. Ironically, first lady Melania Trump’s parents are green-card holders, and are close to obtaining citizenship, the Washington Post reports. Although a White House spokesman has declined to tell the Post how Viktor and Amalija Knavs obtained permanent residency, immigration experts say that it was likely through the longstanding family reunification process their son-in-law is seeking to chop.

“Right now, because of the slow-down with bringing refugees to the U.S., bringing family members has slowed down, too,” Nelsen says. According to the Visa Bulletin, a monthly report that tracks visa applications, the U.S. State Department is currently evaluating familysponsored applications for children of U.S. citizens filed in 2011. For Bacuth’s situation Nelsen suggested he send letters to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Sen. Patty Murray. An adoption might be Bacuth’s best option, she says. And that could take even longer. Kelly Dempsey, an immigration and adoption attorney based in North Carolina, says intercountry adoptions, especially from South Sudan, are problematic for several reasons. It’s often difficult to verify, or even track down, documents from the war-torn LETTERS country. For an adopSend comments to tion, Bacuth would likely need proof of his brother’s and sister-inlaw’s deaths, which he says he doesn’t have. Even with the right documents, the whole process can take up to five years and cost at least $20,000, Dempsey says. “For most families that becomes pretty quickly out of reach. We don’t have any good options for adopting kids who are vulnerable,” she says. Meanwhile, Bacuth speaks with Nyabol periodically over the phone and through Facebook. During a recent conversation, he says she told him that she feels safer in Egypt than she did in South Sudan. “She said ‘I live good today. I don’t hear any bullet, no more bullet,’” he says. “Wow, a place that’s good is [where] you don’t hear any bullet. Really? Something is wrong here.” n

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ome seemed to actually protect against the skin diseases. With bee populations struggling as well, applying the study of microbiotics to the hive seemed promising. “Native bees are definitely experiencing declines. Managed honeybee hives in general are still experiencing losses,” Walke says. “I think, last I looked, a couple years ago, 30 or 40 percent of hives are lost each year.” There are a lot of reasons for the losses. But that’s one of the reasons why this research is so important. It could, down the road, save bee lives.



he eight white boxes in a weedy, fenced-off field behind the big red barn at Eastern Washington University are absolutely crawling with life. Assistant professor Jeni Walke, flanked by undergraduates clad head-to-toe in white protective gear, opens the lid of one of the boxes and pulls out a panel to reveal the contents: honeybees, tens of thousands of them, writhing on the cells of their artificial hives. She turns over the panel as the bees buzz and scurry about. There — she points to the bee with the big abdomen and the hot pink dot — that’s the queen. Half of these hives are fed on sugar. And half are fed with an artificial nectar treatment. Does that matter? That’s what Walke is trying to figure out. Walke is interested in the honeybee, yes. But she’s really interested in much smaller creatures. For those, you’ll want to go smaller. Up the bee’s proboscis, through the esophagus, into the bee’s thorax and into its stomach and the rest of the digestive tract. That’s where you’ll find the millions of microscopic creatures that live in the bee’s guts, she says. And the contents of those guts lead to a lot of questions. Like, what do bee guts look like when the bees have been fed artificial nectar instead of the traditional sugar? What about when they have been exposed to pesticides? What about when their hives are infected with parasitic varroa mites (which are the scourge of hives across the country)? What about when they’re fed probiotics — the sort of bacterial mixes you’ll find advertised in yogurt ads with smiling, laughing women? Could those probiotics actually protect the bees from pesticides? “We could potentially supplement the bee-gut microbiome with a beneficial microbe, to protect them from the potential effects,” Walke says. Because at a time where beekeepers are still fighting against the dangers of colony collapse, exactly which creatures are living in each bee’s stomachs may mean the difference between death and survival.


alke didn’t start out looking at bees. Her doctoral dissertation was focused on the fungal skin diseases infecting frogs and salamanders. Her attention was drawn to the amphibians’ microbiomes — the world of bacteria and other microscopic organisms — that were living on the amphibians’ skins. The right microbi-

ortunately, getting the contents of a bee’s digestive system is easy. “It’s actually a very convenient dissection method,” Walke says. No scalpel necessary. All Walke has to do is grab the stinger of the dead honeybee with forceps and pull. The stinger pulls the guts of the bee with it. Then, using what amounts to a tiny blender, she grinds up the guts in a sterile solution. Then she dilutes the slurry mixture a couple of times. From here, her team can squirt an enzyme into a test tube that amplifies the DNA in the slurry, so it’s possible to analyze. And that’s when they start running some high-tech tests. “You look at the DNA Jeni Walke sequences of all of the different bacteria in there,” Walke says. “There are special programs that can identify which bacteria are more abundant in one treatment or another.” In other words, Walke and her team can get a readout of the approximate mix of the microbes swimming around a bee’s digestive system. And then she can see how that mix changes if you change what the bee eats. Place a jar of sugar or nectar spiked with a probiotic in the hive, for example, and you can begin to change what the bees are like internally. One particular aspect of bee hygiene makes her job easier. “They basically eat each other’s spit and poop,” Walke says. The gut biome of a few bees in the hive can spread to the others. They can also use the bee-gut slurry in another way: spreading it into a petri dish and growing cultures. Ultimately, that bacteria can be used to create a nectar or sugar probiotic cocktail that she can feed to the bees, influencing their microbiomes. In fact, there’s already a product being marketed to beekeepers called “SuperDFM-Honeybee” from Strong Microbials. Strong Microbials brags that its substance “helps boost immunity,” “supports gut health” and is an “excellent digestive aid.” They’re the sort of health claims you might find at a Portland smoothie stand, but, you know, for bees. It doesn’t seem to all be hype, either. “I’ve actually tested that probiotic,” Walke says. “There might be something with that mitigating the effects of the pesticides.” That research is preliminary, she cautions. Science has to be replicated. But in the meantime, there are a whole lot of bees to study. Everywhere. “If you look at my car seat, there are squished bees,” Walke says. “Fortunately, when I sat down on them, I didn’t feel stinging.” n

Brain Fuel Scientists feared the Trump administration would cut research funding — so far, the opposite has happened BY WILSON CRISCIONE


hen Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016, the scientific research community braced for the worst. Funding for science research had stalled in the past decade. And on the campaign trail, Trump talked about drastic cuts to federal spending. For scientists, his overall attitude caused concern, such as when he called climate change a “hoax.” When he released his budget request in May 2017, it did nothing to alleviate concerns that he’d decimate federal funding for scientific research. Across the nation, universities and researchers cautioned against it. “It was not a positive budget for the future of our country,” says Jennifer Poulakidas, vice president for congressional and governmental affairs at the Association of Public Land-grant Universities. It was a major reason behind the more than 1 million people who participated in the 2017 March for Science, which in part advocated for more funding for research. The budget would have included major cuts to the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Agriculture. The impacts would have been felt locally as well, says Christopher Keane, vice president for research at Washington State University. “It certainly would have been serious,” Keane says. “We would not have been able to pay for a lot of our staff.” But then, in a major reversal, Congress passed a bipartisan funding bill this March that not only maintained previous funding levels, but significantly increased them for most government agencies. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) saw an increase in $3 billion, the second largest increase in funding in its history. It included $295 million for the National Science Foundation, the first major increase in more than a decade. Researchers within the scientific community rejoiced. And the ...continued on next page

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he NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world. From 1998 to 2003, the NIH budget was doubled, says Poulakidas, with the Association of Public Landgrant Universities, or APLU. Yet since 2003, federal support steadily went down for NIH when adjusting for inflation, according to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. That can result in fewer grants, fewer new discoveries and scientists leaving research. “There was some sense [in Congress] like, ‘We did our job, we doubled it and we can leave it be,’” Poulakidas says. In the last couple years, however, that’s changed. The federal funding has begun to trend up again. WSU has seen the evidence of that, with funding to the school from NIH climbing to more than $30 million a year, says Keane. Part of that was because of the new medical school, WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, which opened last summer. John Roll, vice dean of research for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, says federal funding is “absolutely crucial” for the college. “Some of the new grants are the way we train students and postdoctorates and junior faculty,” Roll says. It improves the local economy, he says. And that’s to say nothing of what’s discovered in the research itself. Some of the most important

research on drug and alcohol addiction coming out of WSU is funded by federal grants. Students like Shannon Kozlovich, a Ph.D. candidate in pharmaceutical sciences at WSU Spokane, are directly impacted when funding is cut to NIH. Kozlovich’s thesis studies the impact of genotypes and tobacco additives on cancer risk in tobacco users, and she lives on the money she gets to study that full time. Her lab, she says, has less money available than it used to. It had grants terminated, and that means that there’s less money to go to research conferences and talk about ideas. “We no longer have money available to us to present our research at conferences, which is where we make connections and get new ideas for research,” Kozlovich says. A lack of funding can also dissuade students from going into research at a public university. And since the 1940s, building future scientists has been a central goal of the government, Poulakidas says. “Universities help build the future science workforce through this work,” she says. “That’s where graduate and undergraduate students are integral.” And while Poulakidas says scientists are encouraged by the uptick in federal funding, they’re not too optimistic. The last two decades are evidence that as soon as they think they’ll see a steady increase needed to fund new research, it can be taken away. “Of course there’s uncertainty,” Poulakidas says. “Because these decisions are made annually.” n




housands of times every day, doctors around the world look for issues inside their patients without ever breaking the skin, thanks to help from imaging technology like computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-ray and ultrasound. But those machines can be expensive, running from hundreds to thousands of dollars per scan, depending on the technology, and in the case of CT scans and X-rays, they expose patients to varying degrees of radiation. While the scans often prevent unnecessary exploratory surgery and help physicians diagnose everything from cancer to strokes, the costs and radiation can be concerning, especially for patients who need frequent scans. Melody Alsaker The good news is it looks like math can help. That’s right: math. Really, really complicated math — the kind that happens to be Melody Alsaker’s passion. Alsaker, an assistant professor of mathematics at Gonzaga University, is working with a team based at Colorado State University to improve a different kind of scan called electrical impedance tomography, or EIT. With EIT, electrodes are stuck around a patient in a circle to test electrical conductivity in that part of the body. Then a computer deciphers that data using mathematical algorithms to make a picture. Blood, for example, is really conductive, Alsaker says, while the air in your lungs isn’t. A major perk of EIT is that there isn’t any ionizing radiation, she says, and the machine is much cheaper and easier to move around. “The machine is very portable,” Alsaker says. “You can wheel it in on a cart. You could put it in an ambulance, you can put it in a helicopter, you can take it to the patient’s bedside. Or for patients who are immobile, like a car crash victim, or in war zones, or in places without good medical facilities, you can take the machine to people.” Alsaker worked in the EIT lab at Colorado State

while earning her Ph.D. and essentially wrote the computer code that turns the data into pictures. Due to the way the data is crunched to make images that show a slice of the body, it’s difficult to get the pictures to the same resolution offered by other scans, Alsaker says. That’s partly because electricity travels in three dimensions and the EIT machine is trying to make a twodimensional image, she says, and partly because the math question they’re using to convert the images doesn’t have a very stable solution: very small differences or “noise” in the data can make for big errors. “Some of these other technologies like MRI and CT and so forth, which have their advantages and drawbacks, they’re just mathematically easier processes,” Alsaker says. “That’s a big part of why EIT is an active area of research for mathematicians and engineers, because there’s still a lot of technical difficulties that need to be worked out.” A major part of her work now is centered on figuring out how to filter out that noise in the data without losing definition, so it’s easier to see the edges of organs and tissues. “I’m actively trying to figure out how to clean up the spatial resolution,” Alsaker says. “Because of the difficulties of the math problem involved, it’s been a little bit slow to get this to where it’s a usable technology, despite the advantages.” Potential applications for EIT are being tested all the time.

The group Alsaker is working with out of Colorado has partnered with a children’s hospital there to test whether EIT scans could replace some tests done on children with cystic fibrosis, a rare genetic disorder that affects the lungs. “Cystic fibrosis patients get regions of air entrapment in their lungs, and they often come in yearly for CT scans,” Alsaker says. “If you can replace some of the CT scans with these EIT scans, it’s better for them.” The technology could also be used in place of another test that’s used to measure lung volume, she says, making it possible to get accurate measurements on small children and patients who can’t follow directions or aren’t physically able to sit up. EIT also does a good job of collecting a lot of images in a short time frame, which enables researchers to compile the images and basically make a movie, she says. For example, you could show a patient breathing. “You can see, in real time, the air entering and exiting the lungs,” Alsaker says. “This is being studied for use on patients on ventilators, because you can actually injure patients by having improper settings.” While it may take time to continue improving the technology, Alsaker remains hopeful for its ability to help in the future. “There are a lot of problems to solve still. It’s a hard math problem,” she says. “But, if we could get this working in hospitals and so forth, it does have a lot of potential.” n

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he frontier of human knowledge can be measured in collisions. With the right instruments, you can hear their echoes, from billions of years ago, many light years away. Physicists and astronomers are slowly listening to the stories inside these echoes, known as “gravitational waves,” in hopes of learning more about the birth of the universe and the nature of our reality. One of these researchers is Washington State University physics professor Sukanta Bose, who is helping to develop a new gravitational wave observatory center in India through a U.S. partnership. He is tasked with further developing the country’s scientific community by using astronomical research with the help of LIGO facilities (or Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory). LIGO began as a joint project between MIT and Caltech, Sukanta Bose funded by the National Science Foundation, but has since grown into the international LIGO Science Collaboration. Its two facilities are located in Hanford, Washington, about three hours southwest of Spokane, and in Livingston Parish, Louisiana. The new project, expected to be complete in 2024, is another node in an ongoing network of gravitational wave detectors around the world. “Unlike optical observatories, we don’t care about the quality of the night sky,” Bose tells the Inlander from India. “The sites that we choose can have cloud cover.” Instead, the detectors rely on sound, or rather, vibrations, he says. When two major astral bodies collide, they cause ripples in the fabric of space-time, a model of our universe that combines the three dimensions of space and the one dimension of time. Albert Einstein predicted these rippling waves in his theory on general relativity in 1915, and in the last few years astronomers have been able to detect them. These facilities have detected six major astral collisions since 2015. The discoveries have substantiated Einstein’s theory, but the tricky thing about astronomy is that new answers tend to leave scientists with even more questions. So they’re building more detectors. The research has proven practical, too, Bose says. For example, when a star blows up in a supernova explosion, it leaves behind a very small and incredibly dense core, known as a neutron star. After observing an August 2017 merger of two neutron stars — and the electromagnetic radiation emitted by it — scientists suggest that these collisions could be the “primary cosmic factories” that produce heavy elements such as gold and platinum, Bose says. “The story of how these elements were created is still unraveling,” Bose says. “Gravity actually aids in unlocking these stories for us.” These facilities essentially act as ears for astronomers, detecting the slightest of vibrations

in the sky. The more ears in the sky, the easier it is for astronomers to aim their telescopes in a certain direction. For example, the use of multiple facilities allowed several dozen observatories to study the latest wave detection, which produced about 500 academic papers, written in collaboration by about 3,500 authors, says Caltech researcher Fred Raab, an associate director operations for LIGO who works at the Hanford site. “That’s a big deal. That’s about a third of professional astronomers in the world who worked on that …,” Raab says. “It’s only the beginning for something that is an emerging trend in astronomy.” The science used in these wave detections is almost inconceivably precise. For example, the facilities must be located on varying parallels along the Earth and separated far away from each other, but they must also be remote enough so they don’t pick up too much noise from any highways or urban centers, Bose says. The new project in the state of Maharashtra, India, is located on the Deccan Plateau, an area that is “seismically quiet,” he says. The Kamioka Gravitational Wave Detector in Japan (also known as KAGRA) takes its detection a step further by going underground, where it’s exposed to less seismic activity, and even uses cryogenic systems to cool its instruments to a degree that “molecular vibrations within the material itself will be brought almost to a stop,” according to LIGO’s website. Germany and Italy are also home to LIGO sister facilities. But there is another major reason for developing more detectors. The discovery of gravitational waves supported Einstein’s theory, but it’s far from bulletproof. His theory provides that gravitational waves exist on two “polarizations,” and so far his theory has been correct, Raab says. (Polarization refers to the specific way the gravitational waves disturb space-time, according to the American Physical Society.) However, mathematically, there may be as many as five or six states of LETTERS polarization. Send comments to “Einstein’s theory is well restricted. In his imagination of the universe, where space and time is made up of Jell-O and can wiggle like Jell-O, he has only two possible ways that it can wiggle,” Raab says. “But mathematically there are five. So the question is: Is Einstein’s theory perfect? Everyone believes the theory has to break down. Or quantum mechanics has to break down.” Building different detectors in distant locations around the globe can help detect these elusive polarizations, if they exist. “We have these theories from the beginning of the 20th century that have tremendous evidence that support them, but at a certain point they are incompatible,” Raab says. “One of them has to be modified to make it fit with the other.” The most likely place you’ll find that break down is in the extreme cataclysms of outer space. n

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magine a sleep-deprived soldier walking into an ambush. An exhausted firefighter unexpectedly surrounded by flames. A weary surgeon seeing a patient’s vitals spike mid-surgery. Will they be able to quickly adjust to the change in circumstances? It may depend on whether or not they carry a particular gene variation, Washington State University researchers discovered. Some people, the study found, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of sleep deprivation and are less likely to make good decisions based on changing information, says Hans Van Dongen, director of Hans Van Dongen the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center in Spokane. “About one quarter of the participants in our study were particularly vulnerable to impairment in cognitive flexibility,” Van Dongen says. Others, he says, are able to fight the effects. The study, published in late 2017, provides new insight into how people perform tasks when sleep deprived. And it has the attention of the United States Department of Defense, which recently funded WSU to launch a three-year project to study how to mitigate the effects of lack of sleep. Van Dongen conducted the research with WSU psychology professors Paul Whitney, the lead author of the study, and John Hinson. Years ago, they discovered there are at least two separate elements of cognition affected by sleep deprivation. The first, which people have long known was an effect of sleep deprivation, is “vigilant attention,” or the ability to focus on one thing while sleep deprived. “It turns out that was only half the story,” Van Dongen says. The second element of cognition affected by sleep deprivation is “cognitive flexibility,” the ability to switch attention to something else if needed. In other words, it’s

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the ability to adjust based on altered plans or expectations. WSU researchers wanted to learn how lack of sleep impairs cognitive flexibility, and why. They selected 49 people to participate in the study. A majority of those participants were selected to go 38 hours without sleep. Research assistants kept the participants in the dimly lit WSU Sleep and Performance Research Lab and made sure nobody closed their eyes over that time. The participants were shown a series of letter pairings on a computer then asked to click the left mouse for one letter combination and the right mouse for all others. Then, the researchers changed the game: They switched the letter patterns. That’s the change that’s supposed to test cognitive flexibility. People who were well rested adapted to the changes quickly. None of the sleep-deprived participants were immune. But perhaps a more surprising revelation is that the carriers of a specific gene variant, in what’s called the DRD2 gene, were particularly impaired in this test, while carriers of a different gene variant were more resistant to the effects. (By the way, researchers say there’s zero correlation with people who think they’re resistant to sleep deprivation and those who actually are.) This information has real-world impact. Take battlefield situations or disaster scenarios, Whitney says. “There are lots of situations people find themselves in where circumstances are unfolding over time and you have to make a series of decisions,” Whitney says. There are more mundane impacts as well. Van Don-

gen says sleep deprivation can affect a person’s ability to respond to new arguments in a conversation, or pivot to a new pitch when selling a product, for example. He notes that there can be a trade-off for people who are more resistant to the effects of sleep deprivation. They may have more cognitive flexibility, but it can mean they’re not as ready when an expectation is actually carried out. So are there ways to minimize those genetic impacts? That’s the question the military, and the WSU researchers, want to find out. “It’s a good question, but it’s kind of wide open to what we can do to build resilience,” Whitney says. “We just don’t know right now.” The obvious answer is to find a way to take a nap. Coffee, exposure to bright light and social interaction can help you stay alert and helps with sustained attention. But none of those things will necessarily protect you from the effects of sleep deprivation, Whitney says. And in high-risk situations, they’re not always possible. The goal of the new study funded by the Department of Defense, which is supposed to launch this month, may demonstrate what it would like like to manipulate cognitive flexibility and make someone more resistant to going without sleep. Down the road, Van Dongen says the idea would be to potentially create a drug that only targets that portion of the brain. “That’s ultimately where we’re trying to go,” he says. n

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s we get older, our memories can get hazier. Our vision might get fuzzier and our hearing starts to go. An older brain loses the ability to repair itself, and a team of researchers led by University of Idaho biology professor Peter Fuerst wants to know why, and how we can fix it. Results from a recent study offer some hope that one day, we’ll be able to stimulate the adult brain to make it stronger: more resistant to memory loss and able to repair brain trauma. The results even point to a path to understand, and one day prevent, some forms of autism.

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“Memory is certainly one area, but we’re also thinking more generally about damage to the brain from traumatic injury or different diseases,” Fuerst says. “Early on, the brain has plasticity. It can change and adapt. But as we get older that becomes less and less possible.” When you’re young, the brain’s ability to repair itself is at its strongest. It does that by generating new neurological connections, as part of normal brain development, and is easily able to replace lost or damaged ones. Those connections are how the brain communicates with the rest of the body.

As we get older, those lines of communication are solidified and the brain’s ability to create new connections starts to diminish. Eventually, that ability largely disappears as the nervous system “stabilizes,” Fuerst says. Without that stability, nerve cells would continue to make new connections, which can lead to autism, Fuerst says. Autism is generally thought of as a developmental disorder that affects behavior and communication. The trade-off is that if the nervous system is damaged, from brain trauma, for example, nerve cells can’t make the new connections needed to repair themselves.

Last year, Fuerst and a team of researchers, which includes a doctoral student along with scientists from the University of Louisville and the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao, found a way to stimulate the nervous system that allows nerve cells to once again create new connections. The study, released in November 2017 in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is a step forward in treating traumatic brain injury and other neurological diseases. Here’s how they did it: First, Fuerst and his team focused on a specific group of cells in mice that had stopped creating new neurological connections. Through the use of some powerful genetic engineering technology that Fuerst calls “little molecular scissors,” researchers removed genes within those cells and watched to see if they would start making new connections. For this study, they focused on retinal cells, Fuerst says, because scientists have a much greater understanding of those cells than others in the brain. found that if we took that Peter Fuerst gene“We away, some cells that had stopped making connections early in the animal’s life, started to make new connections,” Fuerst says. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the gene manipulation required to elicit these results, although possible in humans, would not be practical. “We don’t want to completely remove the genes,” Fuerst says. “We might want to suppress them or turn them off for short periods of time, so the cells can make new connections, and then turn them back on so they don’t keep making new connections and in case the cell needs it for something else.”

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“Early on, the brain has plasticity. It can change and adapt.” The next step, Fuerst says, is figuring out how these results could be applied to humans. Rather than taking a blade to people’s genes, Fuerst says they’re now testing whether certain drugs can temporarily turn the genes off, allowing neurons to make new connections, while leaving the genes themselves intact. “The drugs that we would test are currently used for things like treating cancer,” Fuerst says. “They’re not used in the nervous system for what we want to use them for, but the advantage is they’ve been tested and gone through clinical trials, and there’s dosing information.” What is also unknown is whether this process of flipping genes off and on could work in parts of the brain other than the retina, which was the focus of the Fuerst’s initial study. “The genes we’re manipulating, we don’t know which cells use them,” Fuerst says. “So we’re trying to figure that out because we could apply what we find to diseases that affect a specific group of cells. For example, Parkinson’s disease might affect the midbrain.” Though Fuerst stops short of calling these results a potential cure for disorders such as Parkinson’s, in which the neurons themselves are lost rather than the neurological connections. Instead, he says major potential benefits are restoring the adult brain’s ability to make connections after damage from aging or trauma, as well as treating certain types of autism. n

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North Idaho Museum visitors love a man in uniform: Robert Singletary at Fort Sherman Chapel.


obert Singletary has worn a lot of hats in his 84 years: a Prussian-looking spiked hat like that worn by Fort Sherman’s Gen. William Carlin, a kepi worn by Carlin’s soldiers, a bowler that might have been favored by Jim Wardner, the man credited with cofounding Bunker Hill Mining Company and after whom the Silver Valley town of Wardner is named. “Wardner was a bit of a flim-flam man,” chuckles Singletary from his office at the North Idaho Museum,

which is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an exhibit entitled Keeping History Alive. Singletary has kept alive the stories of Wardner and other notable historical figures — roadbuilder Capt. John Mullan, steamboat captain Peter Sorensen, railroad magnate and entrepreneur D.C. Corbin — for numerous regional publications and presentations. In addition to authoring Kootenai Chronicles: A History of Kootenai County, Singletary wrote a history column for Coeur d’Alene’s


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They’re not just costumes, however. Singleof three remaining Fort Sherman buildings on the tary dresses in and embodies the characters National Historic Register, which the museum about whom he speaks. Singletary’s living history was gifted in 1984. walking tours are a big draw “Preserving the chapel is for the museum, which was one of our big things,” says recently awarded the Idaho Dahlgren, who notes that State Historical Society’s Esto they’ve added a restroom and North Idaho Museum is a significant Perpetua award for preserving re-roofed the 138-year-old disgatekeeper on the region’s history. and promoting Idaho history, tinctive red-and-white structure Its 2017 annual report includes according to its director, Dorobuilt by the U.S. Army. It can information that the museum: thy Dahlgren. be rented out, and is a popular Singletary’s tours, which feature on Singletary’s walking  Hosted 5,250 visitors the previous include stories from Coeur tours. year, including 744 Inland Northwest d’Alene, the Silver Valley and The future of the museum’s students Cataldo Mission, also unite own building, a former Cenex his varied interests. When he store the museum has occupied  Has a database including 35,000 wears the soft felt hat and corsince 1973, is uncertain. Slated photos responding clothing favored by for closure, the exhibition space fiddle-playing French fur trader lacks heat and is too small for  Has 7,000 artifacts not currently and Lewis and Clark expedithe museum’s growing colon display, housed off site tion guide Pierre Cruzatte, lection currently housed in a for example, Singletary gets 4,000-square-foot storage space.  Had 60 volunteers donate 2,000 to channel another of his pasItems include desks donated by hours sions: music. schools, Fort Sherman furnish“I do the things I love ings, clothing and logging  Had its costumed tour guide to do,” says Singletary, who equipment that dates to the muRobert Singletary attend over 50 served on the museum board seum’s roots as an outgrowth events, including 30 historical for 15 years before becoming of the North Idaho Hoo Hoo lectures reaching 1,500+ people, as its public relations and marketClub — an organization of early well as 1,200 Coeur d’Alene middle ing director in 2012. forest industry men — which and high school students. A refugee from Alaska’s wanted to create a way to reprehistoric 1964 earthquake, sent their industry and culture. Singletary discovered Coeur d’Alene while pass“We really are a repository for this whole ing through on a family visit south. He taught at region,” says Dahlgren. “History continues to North Idaho College a few years later, helping move forward.” n form its instrumental music program in 1972 and starting the North Idaho Symphonic Band and Keeping History Alive • Tue-Sat, 11 am- 5 Jazz Ensemble and the North Idaho Chamber pm through Oct. 31 • $4 adults/$1 child/$10 Orchestra, which would evolve into the Coeur family • Living History Walking Tours • $15 d’Alene Symphony. He’s also played with the • Museum of North Idaho • 115 Northwest Spokane Symphony and was principal bass with Blvd., Coeur d’Alene • • 208the Panhandle Symphony Orchestra. 664-3848 Singletary still gives private music lessons, is active in historic building preservation and Inland Northwest Milestones: Museum of serves as the chairman for the Kootenai County North Idaho 50th anniversary presentation • Historic Preservation Commission. He continues Thu, May 24 at 7 pm • Free • Coeur d’Alene to lobby for a city-level commission to protect Library • 702 E. Front St., Coeur d’Alene • historic buildings like Fort Sherman Chapel, one • 208-769-2315.



PER YOUR REQUEST The results of Spokane Arena’s “bucket list” survey are in, and pop, metal and country dominate — no surprise there. It’s fun to see Lady Gaga and Luke Bryan have the same number of advocates in the region (they tied for No. 16), as do AC/DC and Post Malone (tied for No. 30). An experienced Spokane concert-goer can probably guess that Beyoncé (No. 21) and Bruce Springsteen (No. 13) are long shots, while Aerosmith (No. 11) and George Strait (No. 5) are maybe — maybe — a little more likely. Here are the top 10 acts Inland Northwest fans asked for: 1. P!nk (pictured) 2. Bruno Mars 3. Justin Timberlake 4. Maroon 5 5. George Strait 6. Ed Sheeran 7. Pearl Jam 8. U2 9. Imagine Dragons 10. Paul McCartney

A conversation with Lilac Festival President Nancy Cole



his year marks the 80th anniversary of Spokane’s Lilac Festival. This year’s city-pride celebration features a talent show, beer garden, hot air balloon rides, massive parade and Sunday bike ride to cap it off. We talked with this year’s volunteer president, Nancy Cole, to get the lowdown. She says one float in this year’s parade is a near replica of the Expo ’74 float she rode as a princess on the royal court. Inlander: What’s new to this year’s festival? Cole: For the first time we have a large area for kids in Riverfront Park. It’s been worked on for a few years, and one of my goals was to get kids and parents back into the park. The carousel is open, and there will be a jumping castle by the clock tower. And over by the Lilac Bowl, there will be a giant hot air balloon, and for a fee you can go up and down in it.

THE BUZZ BIN IN: That balloon has a special story behind it, right? Cole: Right. Kids of fallen soldiers have designed their dreams, and those pictures are transferred to ripstop material and are used to make the balloon. All donations for balloon rides go toward [scholarships for] children of fallen soldiers … to ensure that every child of a fallen soldier will have a college education. It’s pretty incredible really.

GET TO THE CHOPPA! Another classic ’80s action movie is getting a new install, and my bet is it’s gonna have a hard time holding up to the original story. The Predator, out on Sept. 14 as the fourth installment in the franchise, is directed and co-written by Shane Black, who played (spoilers) Hawkins, the first character to go in the 1987 original Predator. In chapter four, the Predators return to Earth, sporting some upgraded armor and DNA, which means taking them out probably won’t be as easy as with Arnold’s improvised booby traps. (CHEY SCOTT)

GOTTA GO Have you ever walked into a public restroom and thought, Wow! This place is great! We all want to enjoy our privacy, and now we know where to “go,” thanks to my new favorite Instagram page, @spokanepees: “Showcasing Spokane’s greatest public restrooms.” (QUINN WELSCH)

IN: What’s the one event that people shouldn’t miss? Cole: That’s a hard question, but I would say don’t miss the parade. It’s going to be terrific weather, terrific floats. There are 200 entries this year, and the majority are marching bands. You get that hometown feeling in your belly. ON THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST Some noteworthy new music arrives online and in stores May 18. To wit: PARQUET COURTS, Wide Awake! The Brooklyn indie-rockers are prolific, and we’re better off for it. STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS, Sparkle Hard. Wherever former Pavement frontman Malkmus goes, I will follow. COURTNEY BARNETT, Tell Me How You Really Feel. The Aussie guitar goddess with a wicked sense of humor is back, and not a moment too soon. (DAN NAILEN)

IN: What time should people get downtown to nab their spot on the parade route? Cole: Before I was involved in Lilac, I used to do it the night before, and use rope. Then I got there at 8 or 9 in the morning to hold our spot. But lately I’ve seen people getting there at 6 or 7 in the morning. It will get filled up because we’re supposed to have nice weather this year. You can find the parade route on our website, IN: How much does it take to put on an event like this? Cole: $150,000 is what it takes each year, and we rely completely on donations and volunteers. Tens of thousands of volunteer hours are put in. Anyone can donate or volunteer through the website. It takes a village to pull these things off, a lot of work. n

WATCHING THE KING It’s hard for many to think of Elvis Presley without thinking of the cartoonish pop culture version — the overweight guy in the garish jumpsuit. A new documentary, Elvis Presley: The Searcher, is an excellent reminder of Presley’s significance to American culture and popular music, as director Thom Zimny focuses on the man while ignoring most of the scandals. Cooperation from Presley’s estate and family means a deluge of never-before-seen live clips and photos, and the focus on Presley’s thrilling ’68 comeback special makes the viewer feel the stakes as much as Presley did. A must-see, streaming now on HBO. (DAN NAILEN)

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Hello, Robbi! A new face joins the Spokane stage for the Civic’s season finale BY E.J. IANNELLI


f our universe’s timeline had unfolded in a slightly different permutation, Troy Nickerson would currently be directing a play about a group of white supremacists from North Idaho. But that’s not how things played out. Instead he’s overseeing Hello, Dolly!, a lighthearted warhorse musical that might very well be the antithesis of God’s Country. The catalyst for this chain of events wasn’t exactly a happy one. It hit back in November with the death of local actor and director Lance Babbitt, a loss that left the region’s theater community in mourning and the Civic without a skilled director for its season finale. More poignantly, Hello, Dolly! had been one of Babbitt’s all-time favorite shows, so it was vital that any replacement do justice not only to the musical proper but to his memory as well. For the Civic, that made Nickerson a clear choice. “As resident director at the theater, they asked me if I would step up to take Dolly on,” says Nickerson. “Lance was a buddy, and we’d been friends for a long, long, long time. We’d done theater together since we were 17, 18 years old. We worked together for the first time in Guys and Dolls when I was Sky Masterson and he was Nicely Nicely.”

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Robbi Starneg (right) as Dolly Levi and Thomas Heppler as Horace Vandergelder. JEFF FERGUSON PHOTO Before he could commit, though, Nickerson had to step back from God’s Country without leaving Stage Left Theater in the lurch. He called Tia Wooley, Stage Left’s managing director, to break the news. “She immediately understood,” he says. That theater then began its own search for a replacement, and Nickerson returned to directing the production he was working on at the time, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, whose tension and disquiet makes it a closer dramatic cousin to God’s Country than a beloved musical comedy about a scheming matchmaker and an eligible half-millionaire. “It’s been whiplash going from Virginia Woolf to Hello, Dolly!,” he says. Fortunately, that abrupt transition has been smoothed by another cosmic blip, this one much more auspicious. It happened last summer when Robbi Starnegg and her husband were still living in Salem, Oregon. “We came up to Spokane on a whim on a weekend last July and fell in love. We decided instantly, ‘This is where we’re moving,’” Starnegg says. Soon after settling here, she met longtime Civic costume designer Jan Wanless and became involved with the venue. Starnegg, it turns out, is a former Equity actor who’s worked for professional and community theaters from California to Maine. After “semi-retiring” from the professional circuit, she was on the fence about auditioning for a role in Hello, Dolly!, not least because the newcomer felt that the “phenomenal” local talent pool would offer some stiff competition. “I had volunteered to help with the Dolly costumes, and then I thought, ‘Oh, these auditions are coming up. I’m just going to try. I’ll sing a song and we’ll see.’ And by gosh, by golly, I got a call about Dolly,” she says. “She’s the real deal,” Nickerson says of Starnegg and the decision to cast her in the lead role. “At first you see this meek, kind of little old lady. And then you’re like,

holy cow. She’s got a big, beautiful voice and is a really, really fine actress. She’s going to really charm audiences as well as sing the heck out of the score.” Though new to the Spokane stage, Starnegg has quickly developed a rapport with Nickerson that’s helping to tease out some new sides to a classic character, meddler and moonlighting mandolin instructor Dolly Gallagher Levi. “One of the things — and Troy has been helpful in bringing this out —is Dolly’s realism,” she says. “There’s always a temptation to look at those who have done Dolly prior to you, whether it’s Bette Midler or Bernadette Peters, Mary Martin, Carol Channing, any of them. You want to stay away from what they did. We’re looking at her not as a caricature but as a real person.” That exploratory process has been augmented by veteran Civic cast members like Thomas Heppler (playing rich widower Horace Vandergelder) and Heidi Santiago (as widow Irene Molloy). “Everybody is very instinctive, so new ideas are coming up all the time,” says Starnegg. “One of the beautiful things about this production that I’ve noticed is that everybody is on the same page, on stage and off.” The combination of creativity and camaraderie is one reason why she and Nickerson both feel as though this particular production of Hello, Dolly! will be a fitting tribute to Babbitt, who was a regular — and often ebulliently comedic — presence in regional theater for nearly four decades. “It’s like what Dolly herself is about,” she says. “You get one shot at life, so make it the most glorious, most beautiful, sunniest and most joyful experience you can.” n Hello, Dolly! • $32 • May 18-June 10; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • Spokane Civic Theatre • 1020 N. Howard • • 325-2507




Anyone can become an amateur food critic on the web. Is that good? BY CARA STRICKLAND


ou’ve probably read hundreds of consumer reviews, on everything from the car you drive to your pet’s treats, on sites ranging from Google to Facebook to Yelp. With the ubiquity of readily available platforms for public opinion, you might not even notice how often people are telling you what they think. For business owners, that’s not an option. Tony Brown, chef and owner of Ruins in Spokane, believes consumers should have a place to talk about their opinions, but he doesn’t find extremely negative reviews productive.

“I don’t feel like it’s a battle worth fighting. I feel like it’s an unwinnable battle, actually,” Brown says. “It’s never just like ‘We had to wait for 20 minutes, we were really disappointed and we got food that we didn’t really like.’ It’s usually ‘the ugly girl with pigtails took our order’ — very scathing and ridiculous. I don’t feel I need to respond to something like that.” Still, those online reviews filter into an algorithm that affects Ruins’ rating. Users can flag abusive or trolling comments for review, but there are no guarantees they’ll be removed by the sites.

Another type of negative review Brown often sees will reference issues with an order, or with service, which he chalks up to unwillingness of many guests to be confrontational. He encourages patrons to speak up while they’re there if something isn’t quite right. “I’m the first one to send anything back,” says Brown. “You have a limited budget. I don’t feel like I’m a rude person, so I say it very politely. It’s a professional relationship that you’re engaged in at a restaurant.” Meanwhile, Laura Carey, co-owner of Veraci Pizza ...continued on next page

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in Spokane, replies to every negative review on every platform. “Every time somebody writes a review on Facebook or Google, it automatically pops up on my phone,” says Carey. “I can be sitting at my kid’s soccer game and all the sudden there’s a one-star review.” Although she’s been able to have good discussions with patrons through Facebook, no one has ever taken her up on her offer to talk more about an experience posted on Google or Yelp. Like Brown, Carey is eager to give customers the best experience possible in her restaurant — if something is amiss, she wants to hear about it so she can fix it. For many restaurant owners, it’s frustrating not to have a chance to show the full extent of their hospitality. or some savvy users, even negative reviews can offer unintentional recommendations. When Angela Schutz is looking for somewhere to eat when traveling, she starts by checking negative Yelp reviews. For Schutz, a local small business consultant and food Instagrammer (, reading consumer reviews is like unlocking a code. If she’s seeing comments that suggest that the reviewer isn’t the restaurant’s target customer (maybe the reviews are about the decor, or the lack of fries on the menu), she’s found her spot. “Every time I’ve done that, I’ve had an amazing experience,” she says. Of course, not all the reviews on these sites are negative. I looked through some of my favorite local restaurants’ reviews to get a feel for what I might experience if I needed a recommendation. The results were mixed — positive and negative reviews seem to exist on every page. When I did find something a bit longer and more in-depth, I wondered who the person behind that review was. Do I want to trust them to help me spend my money on a dining decision? One of the people behind these reviews is Josi Hughes, who became Spokane’s newest Yelp Community Ambassador in February. As part of her part-time, paid position, Hughes first had to

become part of the “Elite Yelper Squad.” Reviewers in this category are selected by an anonymous council, and they’re held to a higher standard than your average Yelp reviewer. “The elite Yelper is basically the ‘Yelpiest Yelper’ that you’ll ever find. [The elite squad] invests a lot of time into the reviews,” explains Hughes. “That goes both ways, for being super helpful to the businesses but also super helpful to the Yelp communities.” Hughes wrote approximately 300 reviews in two weeks to achieve elite status. Though the elite squad is not paid, they’re expected to keep their output high, or risk losing that membership and a preferred place on Yelp event guest lists. Most “elite” members like these perks, but usually they see their reviews as a public service, much like a local food critic might. All reviews posted by elite members are tagged with special badges and often pop up first when you visit a business page.


hat do we lose if we don’t have commentary that encourages us to think critically about food, whether written by professionals or peers? “I think people appreciate food less because they are not forced to grapple with why they liked it or why they didn’t,” says Hanna Raskin, food editor and chief critic for The Post & Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, and author of Yelp Help: How to Write Great Online Restaurant Reviews. “I don’t think Yelp is a replacement for professional criticism, but it is a supplement to it, and it’s a really important one.” Without robust, engaged conversations around the nuances of food, it’s difficult for a blossoming food scene to flourish or grow. “An honest, critical review is great for any kind of artist,” says Ruins’ Brown. “I feel like we do a good job and every little bit of information that is printed in a publication is singing our praises and it’s great, but if you read any publication, every restaurant is good.” n


A Family Affair Elliotts, an Urban Kitchen has a hyper-local focus, sourcing ingredients from several vendors in its north Spokane neighborhood BY CHEY SCOTT


ost of the Elliott family is working at their newly opened restaurant on a recent Wednesday evening. In the kitchen, which features an open view into the spartan dining room, chef Tony Elliott is sauteing fresh-harvested local asparagus and grilling burgers and salmon for a small dinner crowd. His wife, Raelene, is tending bar and waiting tables while their teenage son Ryan buses dishes and delivers orders from the kitchen. Elliotts, an Urban Kitchen opened in late April in the midst of the summerlong North Monroe road construction project, so during this expected slower time the restaurant is saving a little money by hiring family, including chef Tony’s brother, to run daily operations. When the street project is completed later this year, though, the Elliotts hope to hire seven or eight employees. “We knew construction was going to be here going into it — it was all built into the business plan,” Tony Elliott says. “Overall we’re excited about the Monroe Street project and what it’s going to do for the neighborhood and walkability and safety.” Living six blocks away from the space in the heart of Spokane’s Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood also influenced the family’s choice of location. Despite construction (the restaurant is accessible via cross street at Mansfield and Montgomery avenues), the first few weeks of business have included visits from many neighborhood residents and fellow business owners, as well as construction crews stopping in for lunch. Elliotts serves a contemporary American fusion menu featuring flavors and influences from many cuisines. There are classics like steak and fries ($15.50) and a burger ($10.50), along with classic garden and Caesar ($8.50/each) salads. “We just wanted to try and focus on approachable food that is comfort food, almost,” Elliott explains. “We didn’t want to be too fancy for our neighborhood and wanted to appeal to a broad range. A lot of the food is stuff we’ve cooked at home and over the years that I’ve cooked [in professional kitchens] and have gone well.” Dishes with more of a global influence include a fresh green curry chicken ($12.50) and pork green chili ($9.50), along with seasonal inspired ravioli ($12.50). Some of the starters are cheese

FOOD | OPENING curds ($8.50), pork belly ($10.50) and a Scotch egg ($4.50). Elliott plans for the menu to frequently showcase daily specials based on what’s regionally in season. When the Emerson-Garfield Farmers Market down the street begins its season in June on Friday nights, he plans to source fresh produce directly from vendors to cook that night. On Sundays, from 9 am to 2 pm, Elliotts exclusively serves a traditional brunch menu. Happy hour runs Monday through Saturday from 2-5 pm, and daily lunch specials are offered for $9 or less. A large communal table in the front of the restaurant can also be reserved for special events and chef’s table dinners. Several neighborhood businesses supply the restaurant: Bellwether Brewing Co. exclusively supplies Elliotts’ four beer taps, and Alpine Bakery produces all of its bread and sandwich buns. Other local producers on the menu include Vessel Coffee Roasters, Dry Fly Distilling and No-Li Brewhouse. “Our focus moving forward is to use as many local ingredients as we can, and as many local vendors as we can,” Elliott says.

Pick any two tacos and a side for $15.


Something to Smile About Crafted Tap House owner opens Sonrisa Urban Taqueria right next door in downtown Coeur d’Alene BY CARRIE SCOZZARO


Elliotts’ “Classic Lloyd” salad.


A native of Spokane, Elliott got his culinary start in local kitchens during high school. The chef attended culinary school in Alaska and says he’s worked at kitchens of all types and food styles. The family moved back to Spokane three years ago, and before opening Elliotts he was executive chef at Fairchild Air Force Base. “My wife and I always wanted to open a restaurant, and spent the last few years looking all over the country, putting the pros and cons on paper,” he says. “Spokane made the most sense — it’s affordable, the culinary scene is budding and liquor licenses are affordable.” Plus, it’s home. n Elliotts, an Urban Kitchen • 2209 N. Monroe • Tue-Thu 11 am-9 pm; Fri 11 am-10 pm; Sat 9 am-10 pm; and Sun 9 am-2 pm (brunch only) • Facebook: Elliotts, an Urban Kitchen • 866-0850

n 2009, a young Rob Berger smiled through his pain to cross the Coeur d’Alene Ironman finish line and run into the arms of his now wife and mother of their three children. “I like to challenge myself, for sure,” says Berger, who no longer runs marathons. Instead, he’s running two businesses from his home in Nashville: Crafted Tap House + Kitchen, which opened in 2013, and Sonrisa Urban Taqueria, which recently replaced his Victory Sports Hall bar and grill next door to Crafted. “In order to be successful, you have to focus on things that are going to make people smile, make people have fun, which is ultimately the experience,” Berger says. “You have to leave an impression on them that will, you know, make them want to come back and remember what they experienced.” “Sonrisa” translates from Spanish to “smile,” and that’s just what the new taqueria intends to make its customers do. The décor was tweaked to be more eclectic and less sports bar, including a Vegas-like sign with the words “tacos” and “smile.” A new kitchen allows for a different menu than Crafted, with similarly unusual ingredient pairings, like the Asian-inspired five-spice duck confit taco, and clever names for its dishes. Sonrisa’s house guacamole ($12), for example, becomes “Mama Said Guac You Out…with Queso,” while the vegetarian taco with roasted baby carrot, caramelized onions and arugula becomes the “What’s Up Regina George?,” a reference to the movie Mean Girls. Start with chilaquiles ($10) and one of several dozen rotating beers and ciders on tap. The two-fer tacos with one side ($15) allows diners to mix-and-match selections like the “Bobby Axelrod” (grilled chile-marinated steak), “#Yolo Swag” (chicken with bacon jam) and classic carnitas. Sides include roasted corn and Cotija cheese, tater tots with fried jalapenos and jicama-cucumber salad. If he embarks on a third restaurant, Berger says it would likely be one located closer to home in Nashville, yet similar to Crafted and Sonrisa and with the same creative business philosophy that’s helped him succeed so far. “I couldn’t cook my way out of a paper bag,” he admits with a laugh. “I think most of the success I’ve had is because I’ve surrounded myself with people who are way better and smarter than me,” he says. “I’m a little lucky, too.” n Sonrisa Urban Taqueria • 519 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • Open daily from 11 am-10 pm • Facebook: Sonrisa Taqueria • 208-930-0743

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The Merc with a Mouth is back to his fourth wall-busting, four-letter word-spouting ways. But has he already run his course?

Shallow End of the Pool Deadpool 2 delivers more of the same, on a larger scale


hen Deadpool premiered in 2016, it caught audiences by surprise, even though the creative team had been working behind the scenes for years to get the movie made, and the title character had been a fixture in Marvel comic books for more than two decades. Here was a superhero movie that wasn’t afraid to poke fun at the genre (and at itself), or to take full advantage of its R rating, with graphic violence, swearing and sex. Sure, it was a bit sloppy and unfocused, and the selfaware humor really only had one note. But it was something different and fun, an antidote to the homogenized, assembly-line products in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the dark, humorless misfires coming from DC. Oh, and it was a massive box-office hit, especially given its relatively modest budget for a superhero movie. So there’s a lot riding on Deadpool 2, which reunites most (but not all) of the key creators who brought the first movie to the screen through what sometimes seemed like sheer willpower. Star Ryan Reynolds is back as the title character, a snarky, fourth wall-breaking mercenary with superpowers that make him essentially unkillable (even after blowing himself up into tiny pieces early in the movie, he just wakes up a few days later completely intact). Reynolds is also a producer and now a co-writer, along with original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and he’s clearly still Deadpool’s biggest fan. Taking over from original director Tim Miller is action wizard David Leitch, who delivered slick, stylish, often astounding set pieces in John Wick and Atomic Blonde. Leitch helps bring the action sequences up a notch in the sequel, even though nothing compares to the jaw-dropping practical stunts in his previous movies. Leitch is less

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BY JOSH BELL adept with humor, though, and while the sequel has at least as many jokes as the first movie (and perhaps more), a lot more of them fall flat, relying even more heavily on superficial references to other superhero movies. Reynolds, who can be irritating in many other roles, was perhaps born to play Deadpool, though, and he gives life to a lot of jokes that aren’t all that cleverly constructed. The first movie used a basic superhero origin story as a framework for lots of violence and dark humor, DEADPOOL 2 but like most blockbuster Rated R sequels, Deadpool 2 has to Directed by David Leitch raise the stakes, and conStarring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, sequently there’s signifiMorena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz cantly more plot this time around, with a central storyline that doesn’t really get going until the movie is nearly halfway over. Before the opening credits even roll, Deadpool has taken the audience through an entire movie’s worth of adventures, as he travels around the world dispatching bad guys only to have some nameless criminal attack the love of his life, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Vanessa’s early exit is just one way the movie sidelines the returning secondary characters, with surly young mutant Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), a breakout star of the first movie, barely getting a handful of lines. Instead, the focus is on new supporting characters Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Atlanta’s Zazie Beetz), familiar faces from Deadpool’s comic book adventures, as well as Russell Collins, aka Firefist (Julian Dennison), a troubled young mutant whom Deadpool (eventually,

after numerous detours) decides he has to protect from time-traveling soldier Cable. Cable has come from the future to stop Russell from turning into an eventual supervillain, and this movie’s ill-fitting sentimental streak saddles Deadpool with paternal feelings toward the angry (but mostly just misunderstood) teenager. Dennison, who was hilarious in Taika Waititi’s 2016 film Hunt for the Wilderpeople, largely recycles his faux-tough, gangsta-rap-obsessed character from that movie, only with added fireball-shooting abilities. Neither Cable nor Russell is an actual villain, so the movie lacks a central antagonist, and Deadpool’s bickering with Cable is pretty flat. Brolin, who’s currently in theaters as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War (which of course gets a reference here), gives Cable an appropriate amount of grit and resolve, but the character’s rich (and convoluted) comic book history is poorly served by the movie’s jokey tone. This is a character who could be the star of his own time-spanning epic, reduced to functioning as the delivery mechanism for dick jokes. Beetz brings more liveliness to her portrayal of Domino, a scrappy outsider with luck-based powers, and together she and Brolin offer some hope for the planned spin-off about the mutant mercenary team X-Force. Deadpool gathers a version of that team in this movie, but like so much about this clumsily constructed sequel, it’s an elaborate, drawn-out set-up for a throwaway joke. With its bigger budget and more seasoned director, Deadpool 2 looks impressive, but there’s no longer anything particularly surprising or refreshing about it. It mostly just puts a loud, explosion-filled gloss on the same few jokes. n



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A quartet of older women explore the joys of Fifty Shades of Grey, which brings some panache to their boring personal lives. The cast — Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen — is great, but doesn’t this premise seem dated already? (NW) Rated PG-13


Marvel’s most mischievous (and foulmouthed) crime fighter is back, but with slightly diminished returns, assembling a cadre of antiheroes to save a troubled kid with strange powers. It’s got self-aware, self-effacing jokes to spare, though perhaps we’ve seen all this character has to offer. (JB) Rated R


Another cutesy British comedy featuring an ensemble of aging screen legends, this time focused on a bourgeois woman who moves in with her boho

sister upon learning her husband is sleeping with her best friend. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated PG-13


Wim Wender’s latest documentary is a feature-length sit-down with the current pope, who discusses his personal worldview and beliefs. (NW) Rated PG


This acclaimed documentary chronicles the life and career of longtime Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, detailing her roles as women’s rights advocate and feminist internet meme. (NW) Rated PG


This epic franchise crossover event assembles just about every character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to stop supervillain Thanos from decimating half the world’s population. There are plenty of solid geek-out moments, but most of the film’s boldest moves will no doubt be undone in the next installment. (JB) Rated PG-13


Marvel’s latest is set in the nation of Wakanda, where its new king T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) must face warring factions who want to usurp the throne. As directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed), it’s more serious-minded than typical superhero fare, full of nobility

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A trio of helicopter parents discover their teenage daughters have made a pact to lose their virginity on prom night, and they’re determined to thwart it. Don’t let the premise fool you: This is a sweet, if oddly structured, comedy, buoyed by a delightful and diverse cast. (MJ) Rated R



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Two brothers (played by directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead) reintroduce themselves into a cult they escaped years earlier, only to discover the compound may be the site of unexplainable phenomena. Fans of heady sci-fi should find plenty of chew on. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Not Rated


A faith-based drama about Bart Millard, the frontman of Christian rock group MercyMe, who escaped his abusive childhood through music. The title is lifted from the band’s signature song. (NW) Rated PG


Amy Schumer plays an insecure woman who suffers a head injury in an exercise class, only to wake up with the poise and confidence of a supermodel. She mostly carries this low-key comedy, even as the script follows the most obvious narrative routes. (NW) Rated PG-13




















also directed) must protect their children from monsters that are attracted only to sound. A smart reinvention of a genre we thought had been exhausted, and a truly audacious major studio horror film. (MJ) Rated PG-13


That old arcade game about buildingsmashing monsters is now a movie, starring Dwayne Johnson as a scientist who must stop a trio of geneticallyaltered super-creatures from leveling all the world’s cityscapes. Barring a



few fun action moments near the end, it’s not nearly deranged enough to be memorable. (NW) Rated PG-13


Charlize Theron stars in this deeply, intimately sympathetic dramedy about womanhood in the 21st century, playing a new mother who develops an unexpected bond with the free-spirited young woman she’s hired as a night nanny. Directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, both of Juno fame. (MJ) Rated R n


Wes Anderson’s second stop-motion feature is set in a world where all canines have been exiled to an island of garbage and centers on a young pilot searching for his own lost dog. Far from a traditional kids’ movie, it’s a treat for both film geeks and animal lovers, and as visually inventive as you’d expect from Anderson. (JS) Rated PG-13


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A solitary 15-year-old kid develops an unlikely connection with a skittish racehorse, traveling with it across the deserts of the interior Pacific Northwest. It’s not as sweet as it sounds: This is a taxing journey through the American West and an examination of the brutality of poverty. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated R


Great comedy demands tension and conflict, but this Melissa McCarthy vehicle has none. It doesn’t have laughs, either. Like Rodney Dangerfield in Back to School, she plays a divorcee who enrolls in the same college as her daughter, becoming the big mom on campus. (MJ) Rated PG-13


Strained, unfunny, gender-flipped remake of the 1987 Kurt Russell-Goldie Hawn comedy, about a rich jerk (Eugenio Derbez) who suffers amnesia and is made to believe he’s married to the poor single mother (Anna Faris) he once mistreated. (NW) Rated PG-13


In this brilliant post-apocalyptic thriller, a mother and father (real-life couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, who


Documentarian Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture) explores the early life and groundbreaking work of Jane Goodall, whose controversial, up-close-and-personal studies of African chimpanzees

had seismic effects on science. It’s a pretty standard biography, but it’s fleshed out with astonishing chimp footage shot in the 1960s by renowned nature photographer (and Goodall’s husband) Hugo van Lawick. (NW) Rated PG


Fact: Melissa McCarthy is a comic treasure. So why does she keep writing and starring in lame comedies like Life of the Party?

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like this — but it’s not story. It barely even qualifies as a challenge for Deanna to overcome. This is yet another pairing of director Ben Falcone with McCarthy, and as with their previous outings in The Boss and Tammy, they’ve written the script together. They’re also married to each other. Maybe this all made sense as a sort of private joke between them, but it doesn’t work for us. Sorry, but crotch-injury jokes illuminate nothing about a woman’s midlife crisis... or they wouldn’t, anyway, if Deanna wasn’t absolutely sailing through hers. No, not even when the crotch injuries are happening to ladies. Other attempts at humor are dragged out like roadkill until whatever bit of life they the frat house who prefers chardonnay to beer and shots; might have had — which is extremely minimal — has long Jack is completely smitten with Deanna. She’s awesome since been extinguished. and funny and adventurous and happy and cute, and if The “jokes” here are excruciating enough. Having she’s having any trouble with the coursework after 20 them explained to us is unendurable. years away, you’d never know it. Wow, Life of the Party is not an ironic title: life is simply grand, ain’t it? Deanna literally ends up as the authentiLIFE OF THE PARTY So Life of the Party is not a story. cally celebrated life of the party at DecaRated PG-13 There’s no conflict here. None. Oh, tur U. And yes, absolutely, we need movDirected by Ben Falcone there’s a mean girl who doesn’t like ies about women — particularly women Starring Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Deanna because she’s “like a thousand of a certain age — enjoying life and doing Jacobs, Debby Ryan, Molly Gordon years old,” but she is so quickly and easthings for themselves and being unabashily dispatched that she barely registers, edly worshipped by much younger men. even during the ’80s party dance-off that (I think) is Thank goodness the movie doesn’t attempt to render it meant to be a high point of the movie. “funny” that Jack finds Deanna irresistibly sexy. There’s a scene in which Deanna, who hates public But those things still have to happen in the context speaking, has to give an oral presentation to her archeoloof a well-told tale. Hollywood hadn’t been around long gy class, and she’s so nervous that she sweats profusely... before some wag or other suggested that if you want to but that’s not drama It’s an embarrassingly bad, painfully send a message, call Western Union. McCarthy is as enunfunny, cringeworthy attempt at physical comedy — dearing as Deanna ultimately is, and she deserves much which is true every time the movie tries to pull off junk better than delivering a bland telegram to us. n

Melissa McCarthy’s charming, but the unfunny Life of the Party simply has no story to tell BY MARYANN JOHANSON


hen her husband, Dan (Matt Walsh), tells Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) that he wants a divorce, she’s blindsided. But she quickly — unrealistically quickly — bounces back and decides that the time is right for her to finally go back to university and finish her archeology degree. She had dropped out when she got pregnant with her daughter, Maddie (Molly Gordon), and hey, why not go right back to the very school where Maddie is now a senior herself? As Deanna might say: Gosh! It all goes great, thanks for asking! Of course she chooses to live on campus at fictional Decatur University, and though her new roommate may be a creepy, asocial goth (the utter opposite of bouncy Deanna and her overly bright and sparkly mom sweatshirts), they’re instantly fast friends. Maddie’s minor, gentle reservations about having her mother around all the time are soon forgotten, and all of Maddie’s adorably quirky, mega-nice friends simply love Deanna. She even immediately snags a hunky boyfriend in gorgeous, sweet Jack (Luke Benward), the only guy in

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Proof of Identity On her latest album, Portland songwriter Moorea Masa stares down her own past and goes on a journey of self-discovery BY HOWARD HARDEE


inger-songwriter Moorea Masa grew up in Portland, learned to sing in a gospel church and, as a teenager, fell in with a bunch of local musicians who snuck her into shows. She was fully immersed in the PDX music scene. But she lost that sense of community about seven years ago when she left home to study music at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in England. It was difficult, living alone in Liverpool. She found it to be a cold, gray, working-class city with a hard-drinking culture and no notion of concepts like vegetarianism. “Coming from Portland, which is so lush and green and so supportive creatively — and has amazing food — Liverpool was just so harsh in comparison,” she says. What’s more, the school itself wasn’t a great fit. “It just wasn’t for me. It wasn’t as creatively supportive as I was hoping. I was finding

myself creatively, and it was more suited for people who knew exactly who they were as an artist. I found it kind of creatively stifling.” She dropped out two years into the three-year program, but didn’t want to move back without discovering more of herself. “I had just made this huge decision [to move overseas],” she says, “and I really wanted to spend a bunch of time playing music before I went back to the reality of being at home.” And so Masa moved to Granada, Spain, and lived in an ancient Moorish cave on the side of a mountain. There she found an explosion of color and culture and a far more inspiring environment for making art. She spent a summer playing guitar with flamenco musicians and writing music before returning to Portland to pursue music full time. As a singer with serious pipes, she’s since recorded with indie-rock band the Decemberists and toured as a backup singer for Allen Stone, Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang and Portland soul legend Ural Thomas.

“I’ve been taking a really deep look at myself ... being like, ‘OK, what are the ugly places I haven’t wanted to look at in the past? Can I stare them down?’” Now 25 years old, Masa is an established pop and R&B singer in the Pacific Northwest. Her new album, Shine a Light, dropped on May 11, and she just kicked off a release tour, including an appointment at the Bartlett with her seven-piece band the Mood. Much like her time in Spain, writing Shining a Light was a threeyear process of self-discovery. “I’ve been taking a really deep look at myself,” she says, “and I think the world has been doing this too — basically being like, ‘OK, what are the ugly places I haven’t wanted to look at in the past? Can I stare them down?’ … I feel like I’m taking a flashlight and shining it on all of these dark and dusty corners that I didn’t want to look at. It’s like, ‘OK, let’s clean this shit up.’ And our country is definitely doing that right now.” Indeed, Masa touches on personal themes of loss, death and love, but also more topical subjects such as sexual harassment, abuse and police violence. The concept for the album was encouraged by Alexandra Becker-Black, a watercolor artist based in Portland who suggested using one of her paintings as inspiration for a song. Masa agreed and Becker-Black presented her with a surprise. “The painting was of me,” she says. “So, I sat in the studio with this painting, and it was pretty uncomfortable at first. I felt like I was staring at myself in the mirror and started having these really personal reflections on my past and my relationships, and also what’s been going on in the world.” Now the music and visual elements are packaged together; Masa used Becker-Black’s realistic watercolors as artwork for the album, and often projects videos of pooling paint during concerts with the Mood. “I think visual art and music really go hand-inhand,” she says. Shine a Light features several guest appearances, including a duet with Thomas (“Don’t Let Me Run”) and spoken-word raps by Lo Steele (“Wake Up/Lover Be Found”), but Masa’s smooth, sensual and understated R&B vocals steal the show. For example, on lead single “I Can’t Tell” — a track inspired by her boyfriend, Steve Swatkins, who is also a member of the Mood — you can practically smell the candles and taste the champagne as she croons the refrain, “I can’t tell where you begin and I end.” Shine a Light is a mature-sounding album for a 25-year-old. It’s the sound of an artist who took some time getting there, but knows exactly who she is and where she wants to be. n Moorea Masa and the Mood with Raquel Rodriguez and Blake Braley • Sat, May 19 at 8 pm • $8-$10 • All ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • • 747-2174

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After a brief respite, Spokane’s Tyrone Wells comes home for a sold-out show at the Bartlett.

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Rejuvenation Songs Rested and recharged, Tyrone Wells returns to Spokane BY BEN SALMON


fter more than 15 years of writing songs, recording albums, touring annually and doing all the other things an independent artist must do to build a career, Tyrone Wells needed a break. His goal: To stay home and be a father, diversify his interests and recharge his artistic battery. Check, check, check, check. Mission accomplished. The Seattle-born, Spokane-raised Wells is back on the road after an 18-month break, playing songs from his new EP Days I Will Remember for his loyal, grassroots fan base. For those that know him, it’s no surprise that Wells’ time off turned out to be quite productive. “I like to be in motion and I like to be creating,” he says. “I start to feel pretty restless if I’m not actively making or doing something.” Wells, who graduated from North Central High School, timed his break to coincide with the birth of his third daughter, who is now three months old. Including his wife, he now lives with four females — familiar surroundings, considering Wells grew up with four sisters. “I think that’s maybe a big reason why the majority of my listeners are female, because … I do have kind of an uber-sensitive (nature),” he says. Wells also believes he got his “people-

pleasing” need from his dad, a pastor. “I like to make sure everybody’s OK … which is good and bad, because you can feel really stretched, but also people are amazed that you take the time to care.” Wells’ older daughters are three and six years old, which means heading out on tour comes with mixed feelings, especially after being home for the longest stretch of his career so far. “I just wanted to be present more,” he says. “I want to be very present, and that’s something that takes some doing when your job is to be gone. So I’m trying to figure that out.” Wells made the most of his time at home, though. He wrote the six catchy, honest and life-affirming songs on Days MORE EVENTS I Will RememVisit for ber, which all complete listings of showcase his local events. natural ear for a killer melody. And he started a couple side projects with friends. In one of them, he focuses on composing “high-energy tunes” that you could imagine soundtracking the climactic moment of a major motion picture. In the other, he and two buddies

are committed to occasional songwriting retreats in the mountains. “As a creative person, it’s been so life-giving to me because I’m stepping outside of my normal shoes and writing music in a different genre, and I don’t have to take it quite so personal,” Wells says. “When I’m writing my own stuff, I’m trying to dig in and be really vulnerable and honest. Writing stuff that’s (supposed) to make you feel a certain sort of way, it’s really liberating.” He’s also branching out into other artistic mediums. Last year, Wells partnered with Portland-based Broken Eagle Studio on a children’s book, The Whatamagump, that features a character and story developed by Wells and art by Broken Eagle, which hand-built miniature visuals for the story and then photographed them. Together, the group raised more than $80,000 for the project on Kickstarter. Wells has since written an EP of children’s music to go along with the book, and he plans on writing more stories about the Whatamagump, a nervous monster who finds courage with the help of a brave little girl. The experience has opened Wells’ eyes to the possibilities that exist for him beyond writing and playing pop-rock songs. “It’s been an epiphany for me personally. It’s like, ‘OK, I don’t have to just be about this one thing,’” he says. “If you’ve been doing the same thing over and over again with your ability, it can feel stifling, even though you may be in a sweet spot and you might be enjoying what you’re doing. But there’s this part of you that’s like, ‘I wonder if I could also…’” His voice trails off and he pauses for a second before continuing. “That’s been super encouraging and fun for me,” Wells says, “to do some other things.” n Tyrone Wells, with Gabe Dixon • Fri, May 18, at 8 pm, doors open 7:30 pm • Sold Out • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague Ave. • thebartlettspokane. com • 747-2174









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ere’s some nifty symmetry for you: Two casino shows, both next Thursday night, are bringing classic rock legends to the Inland Northwest. Pick your poison. Steppenwolf’s 1968 single “Born to Be Wild” — best known for its inclusion on the Easy Rider soundtrack — still conjures images of free spirits barreling down the highway on motorcycles, every mile bringing them closer to the elusive American dream. It became a generationdefining song, as did their tripped-out classic “Magic Carpet Ride,” with its feedback-laden intro and that spacy instrumental break. Original Steppenwolf frontman John Kay is still with the band, so you can still get a sense of what they were like in their Woodstock-era heyday. — NATHAN WEINBENDER John Kay and Steppenwolf • Thu, May 24 at 7 pm • $35 • Coeur d’Alene Casino • 37914 S. Nukwalqw St. • • 800-5232464


Thursday, 05/17

219 LOUNGE, Bruce Bishop & Drew Browne ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Ryan Larsen Trio J J THE BARTLETT, Fake News, Newman J BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J BONNER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven BOOMERS, Tin Cup Monkey J BOOTS BAKERY, The Song Project J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Open Jazz Jam CORBY’S BAR, Open Mic and Karaoke CRAVE, DJ Stoney Hawk CRUISERS, The Sidemen THE GILDED UNICORN, Nick Grow J HOTEL RL AT THE PARK, When We Met HOUSE OF SOUL, Funky Unkle Jam Night THE JACKSON ST., Dave McRae J J KNITTING FACTORY, Tycho, Emmit Fenn J LAGUNA CAFÉ, Just Plain Darin LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Roger Dines THE LOCAL DELI, Keanu & Joey Duo THE MASON JAR, Oregon Organs MICKDUFF’S BEER HALL, Wyatt Wood J MONARCH MOUNTAIN COFFEE, Open Mic Hosted by Scott Reid J MONTVALE EVENT CENTER, Byrne and Kelly NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), PJ Destiny J THE PIN!, Elektro Grave POST FALLS BREWING CO., Kicho RED ROOM LOUNGE, Bass Therapy REPUBLIC BREWING, The Black Lillies RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos THE ROADHOUSE, Karaoke SLICE & BISCUIT, Bluegrass Jam ZOLA, Blake Braley

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f Steppenwolf isn’t artsy enough for you, consider the out-there prog-rock stylings of Kansas. The band’s biggest hit is probably the delicate acoustic ballad “Dust in the Wind,” but it isn’t really indicative of their typically baroque, gleefully indulgent style. 1976’s “Carry on Wayward Son,” one of the most frequently played tunes on classic-rock radio, is more apropos: It consists of several movements, like an opera in miniature, and it channels the bombast and sprawl of a Greek epic. Kansas might be one of the only bands whose songs actually follow the arc of the classical hero’s journey. And yes, guitarist Rich Williams still wears that rad eye patch. — NATHAN WEINBENDER Kansas • Thu, May 24 at 7:30 pm • $59-$89 • Northern Quest Resort and Casino • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • northernquest. com • 481-2800

Friday, 05/18

219 LOUNGE, Devon Wade Band J J THE BARTLETT, Tyrone Wells (see page 46), Gabe Dixon J BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J J THE BIG DIPPER, Dodgy Mountain Men, B Radicals, Icky Business BLACK DIAMOND, DJ Sterling BOLO’S, Chris Rieser and the Nerve J BONNER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, Dennis Tufano of The Buckinghams THE BULL HEAD, Tuck Foster CEDAR STREET BRIDGE, Mike Johnson & Denis Zwang CLOVER, Ron Greene CORBY’S BAR, Karaoke CRAVE, DJ Stoney Hawk CRUISERS, Cover Charge, A Day on Earth, In Coming Days

CURLEY’S, Loose Gazoonz FARMHOUSE KITCHEN & SILO BAR, Tom D’Orazi and Friends J FORZA COFFEE CO. (VALLEY), Warren Frysinger GEM STATE CLUB, JamShack HOLLYWOOD REVOLVER BAR, Dangerous Type J HOTEL RL AT THE PARK, Daniel Hall IRON GOAT BREWING CO., ’70s Dance Party w/DJ Ben Cater IRON HORSE (COEUR D’ALENE), Haze JOHN’S ALLEY, Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints J THE LOCAL DELI, Son of Brad MARYHILL WINERY, Dave McRae MOOSE LOUNGE, Rewind MULLIGAN’S BAR & GRILLE, Kicho NASHVILLE NORTH, Ladies Night with Luke Jaxon and DJ Tom

NORTHERN QUEST, DJ Patrick NYNE, The Stepbrothers feat. Jennifer Kemple O’SHAYS, Arvid Lundin & Deep Roots THE OBSERVATORY, ManifestiV, Moonchyld, Hope Well PALOUSE BAR & GRILL, Donnie Emerson PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Ron Kieper J THE PIN!, Merkules, Dirty Savage, Savvy Rae & more RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos THE ROADHOUSE, Vern and the Volcanoes, The Caretakers THE ROCK BAR, DJ Steve Baker SLATE CREEK BREWING, Kaylee Goins J SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS, Brian Stai THE THIRSTY DOG, DJ WesOne & DJ Big Mike ZOLA, The Cronkites

Saturday, 05/19

BARLOWS, Son of Brad J J THE BARTLETT, Moorea Masa and the Mood (see page 44), Raquel Rodriguez, Blake Braley J BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn J THE BIG DIPPER, Cascade Crescendo, Trego BLACK DIAMOND, DJ Kevin BOLO’S, Chris Rieser and the Nerve J BONNER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, Mary Wilson of The Supremes THE BULL HEAD, Usual Suspects CEDAR STREET BRIDGE, Meg Turner & Chris Lynch COEUR D’ALENE CASINO, Sweet Emotion: Aerosmith Tribute J COLBERT TRADING CO., Dylan Hathaway COMMUNITY PINT, Smackout Pack

CRUISERS, Helldorado, Fury 500, Dirtbag, Heroes for Ghosts CURLEY’S, Loose Gazoonz J FARMIN PARK, Doug Bond & Marty Perron FLAME & CORK, Pat Coast GEM STATE CLUB, JamShack HOLLYWOOD REVOLVER BAR, Shaiden Hutchman, Darren Eldridge, Andrea Nolan, David McKimmey J HOTEL RL AT THE PARK, Rocky Sandoval HOUSE OF SOUL, Bobby Patterson Band IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY, Brian Stai & Ashley Dreyer IRON GOAT BREWING CO., Dario Ré, Michael Starry IRON HORSE (COEUR D’ALENE), Haze THE JACKSON ST., Benefit for SpokAnimal feat. Rusty Jackson, Donnie Zero, Bryan Warhall & more THE JACKSON ST., Karaoke LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Chuck Dunlop MARYHILL WINERY, Kari Marguerite MICKDUFF’S BEER HALL, Molly Starlite and the Sputniks MIDTOWN PUB, David Reed MOOSE LOUNGE, Rewind MULLIGAN’S, Jimmy Morrison


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NASHVILLE NORTH, Ladies Night with Luke Jaxon and DJ Tom NORTHERN QUEST, DJ Patrick ONE TREE CIDER HOUSE, Ron Greene PALOUSE BAR & GRILL, Donnie Emerson J PANIDA THEATER, Cobrajet, Scatterbox, Jacob Vanknowe PANIDA THEATER, Cobrajet, Scatterbox, Jacob Vanknowe Music J THE PIN!, Acoustic Artist Festival feat. Lee Dewyze POST FALLS BREWING COMPANY, Just Plain Darin PROHIBITION GASTROPUB, Joshua Belliardo RED ROOM LOUNGE, Ben Sparaco and the New Effect REPUBLIC BREWING, Massy Ferguson RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos THE ROCK BAR, DJ Shanner THE VIKING, Auditorius J UNION GOSPEL MISSION, Ministry of Angels WESTWOOD BREWING, Echo Elysium ZOLA, The Cronkites

Sunday, 05/20

ARBOR CREST, Ron Greene Band J J THE BARTLETT, The Holy Broke, Carl Anderson, Ruthie Henrickson BIG BARN BREWING, Matt Mitchell J J BING CROSBY THEATER, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Jam Night GARLAND PUB & GRILL, Karaoke IRON HORSE (VALLEY), Minor Adjustments LINGER LONGER LOUNGE, Open Jam

MARYHILL WINERY, Tommy G O’DOHERTY’S, Live Irish Music J THE PIN!, Gutter Demons, The Dead Channels THE ROADHOUSE, Sharon Daggett ZOLA, Lazy Love

Monday, 05/21

THE BULL HEAD, Kori Ailene J CALYPSOS COFFEE, Open Mic EICHARDT’S, Jam with Truck Mills GEEKS N GLORY, Differential, Joey Treasure, DJ Funk, BNGRZ RED ROOM LOUNGE, Open Mic with Lucas Brookbank Brown ZOLA, Perfect Mess

Tuesday, 05/22

219 LOUNGE, Karaoke with DJ Pat 315 MARTINIS & TAPAS, Perfect Mess J THE BIG DIPPER, Orthodox, Piece of Mind, Chamber, Guardian CHECKERBOARD BAR, Stephen James, Talus Orion GARLAND DRINKERY, Joshua Belliardo GARLAND PUB & GRILL, Karaoke LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Turntable Tue. J THE PIN!, ABK, Diggy SouthWest, Legion Sik, Jesse B. Dawg & more RAZZLE’S, Open Mic Jam RED ROOM LOUNGE, Storme RIDLER PIANO BAR, Open Mic/Jam THE ROADHOUSE, Karaoke SPIKE’S PHILLYS & MORE, Brett Allen SPOKANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Nick Grow ZOLA, B.O.A.T.S.






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Wednesday, 05/23 J THE BARTLETT, Richard Buckner BLACK DIAMOND, Ashley Pyle CRAFTSMAN CELLARS, Dave McRae CRUISERS, Open Jam Night J GENO’S, Open Mic HOUSE OF SOUL, Karaoke IRON HORSE (VALLEY), Maxie Ray Mills THE JACKSON ST., Karaoke LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Carey Brazil LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3VIN3 J J THE PIN!, The Black Dahlia Murder, Homewrecker, The Convalescence, The Drip POOLE’S PUBLIC HOUSE, Cronkites RED ROOM LOUNGE, Blowin’ Kegs Jam Session RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos THE ROADHOUSE, Open Mic THE THIRSTY DOG, Karaoke J TORTILLA UNION, Nick Grow ZOLA, Whsk&Keys

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MUSIC | VENUES 219 LOUNGE • 219 N. First, Sandpoint • 208-2639934 315 MARTINIS & TAPAS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208-667-9660 ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS • 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. • 927-9463 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 BARLOWS • 1428 N. Liberty Lake Rd. • 924-1446 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2174 BEEROCRACY • 911 W. Garland Ave. THE BIG DIPPER • 171 S. Washington • 863-8098 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BLACK DIAMOND • 9614 E. Sprague • 891-8357 BOLO’S • 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BRAVO CONCERT HOUSE • 25 E. Lincoln Rd. • 703-7474 BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUZZ COFFEEHOUSE • 501 S. Thor • 340-3099 CALYPSOS COFFEE & CREAMERY • 116 E. Lakeside Ave., CdA • 208-665-0591 CHATEAU RIVE • 621 W. Mallon Ave. • 795-2030 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague Ave. • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley, Idaho • 800-523-2464 COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS • 3890 N. Schreiber Way, CdA • 208-664-2336 CRAFTED TAP HOUSE • 523 Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-292-4813 CRAVE• 401 W. Riverside • 321-7480 CRUISERS • 6105 W Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208773-4706 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S PUB • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-263-4005 THE FEDORA • 1726 W. Kathleen, CdA • 208-7658888 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings • 466-5354 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 THE HIVE • 207 N. First, Sandpoint • 208-457-2392 HOGFISH • 1920 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-667-1896 HOLLYWOOD REVOLVER BAR • 4720 Ferrel, CdA • 208-274-0486 HOTEL RL BY RED LION AT THE PARK • 303 W. North River Dr. • 326-8000 HOUSE OF SOUL • 120 N. Wall • 217-1961 IRON HORSE BAR • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 IRON HORSE BAR & GRILL • 11105 E. Sprague Ave., CdA • 509-926-8411 JACKSON ST. BAR & GRILL • 2436 N. Astor St. • 315-8497 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. Sixth St., Moscow • 208883-7662 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 2013 E. 29th Ave. • 448-0887 THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE • 1004 S. Perry St. • 315-9531 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague • 747-2605 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan • 924-9000 MICKDUFF’S • 312 N. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208)255-4351 MONARCH MOUNTAIN COFFEE • 208 N 4th Ave, Sandpoint • 208-265-9382 MOOSE LOUNGE • 401 E. Sherman • 208-664-7901 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MULLIGAN’S • 506 Appleway Ave., CdA • 208- 7653200 ext. 310 NASHVILLE NORTH • 6361 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208-457-9128 NECTAR CATERING & EVENTS • 120 N. Stevens St. • 869-1572 NORTHERN QUEST RESORT • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 THE OBSERVATORY • 15 S. Howard • 598-8933 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 THE PIN! • 412 W. Sprague • 368-4077 RED LION RIVER INN • 700 N. Division • 326-5577 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague • 838-7613 REPUBLIC BREWING • 26 Clark Ave. • 775-2700 THE RIDLER PIANO BAR • 718 W. Riverside • 822-7938 RIVELLE’S • 2360 N Old Mill Loop, CdA • 208-9300381 THE ROADHOUSE • 20 N. Raymond • 413-1894 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 THE THIRSTY DOG • 3027 E. Liberty Ave. • 487-3000 TIMBER GASTRO PUB •1610 E Schneidmiller, Post Falls • 208-262-9593 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416

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The 2018 Stars on Ice tour, featuring a packed line-up of national and world ice skating champions, stops in Spokane this weekend. U.S. national champion and 2018 Olympic bronze medalist Nathan Chen is one of the tour’s headlining performers. Chen is known for being the first skater to ever land five different quadruple jumps in a single program. Other skaters making appearances include 2016 World Championship silver medalist Ashley Wagner, national champion and crowd favorite Jason Brown and 2017 U.S. ladies champion Karen Chen. The ice dancing duo dubbed as “Olympic royalty,” 2014 Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, are also set to dazzle with their dramatic moves. The tour’s ice dancing program also includes skates by two-time national champions and three-time World Championship medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani. — ERIC SCHUCHT 2018 Stars on Ice • Fri, May 18 at 7:30 pm • $27-$137 • Spokane Arena • 720 W. Mallon Ave. • • 279-7000

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Great Writers and the Great War: Literature as Peace Activism • Tue, May 22 at 6:30 pm • Free • South Hill Library • 3324 S. Perry •

Random Fandom Trivia Nights: Star Wars • Fri, May 18 from 6:308:30 pm • Free • Spokane Valley Library • 12004 E. Main • scld. org • 893-8400

In the years following the end of World War I, many thought literature and the arts could help mankind avoid the deadly, disastrous warfare of the past. That proved to be merely a dream, but there are some intriguing artifacts left over from peace activists and art advocates of the 1930s. Join author Charles Andrews for a discussion about “creative nonviolence and peacemaking through art” as practiced by British authors of the time. The talk, presented by Humanities Washington and the Washington State Historical Society, is part of those organizations’ commemoration of the 100th anniversary of “the Great War,” and should make for an enlightening evening. — DAN NAILEN

Hopefully the force is still strong with you in the weeks following Star Wars Day (May 4), because you’re going to need it for the next installment of the Spokane County Library District’s Random Fandom trivia night, when teams delve into the rich Star Wars universe. The free event is BYOS (bring your own snacks), and cosplayers are definitely welcome, though as with past installments of the series, this one is geared toward adult fans rather than children and families. In the meantime, start dusting up on your deep franchise knowledge, and perhaps some Jedi mind tricks, to become the team that brings home a victory for whichever side you’re on, dark or light. — CHEY SCOTT


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Don’t miss the RMS Titanic before it sails away to its next stop. The blockbuster exhibit telling the story of the ill-fated ocean liner, on display since last fall, is in its final week, with its last day this Sunday. Through the presentation of more than 120 artifacts recovered from miles below the Atlantic’s surface, the exhibition respectfully memorializes more than 1,500 passengers and crew whose lives were prematurely ended the night of April 14, 1912. Visitors to the interactive exhibition can experience the low odds of surviving the disaster when they receive a recreated boarding pass for an actual passenger aboard the ship to carry with them through the galleries. At the final display, a memorial wall to the Titanic’s victims, guests learn whether their ticket holder made it onto a lifeboat or not. — CHEY SCOTT Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition • Closes Sun, May 20; open Tue-Sun from 10 am-5 pm; Thu until 8 pm • $10-$18 • Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture • 2316 W. First • • 456-3931

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I SAW YOU PROPANE ALLEY You were about to leave town to visit your mom for her birthday when i spotted your sexy face and asked for a ride to buy propane. Thank God you came to my rescue, and then we needed to be saved out of the 40 ft. Deep snow trap! That was a great way to make me spend the night with you! Do you use that one on every girl you meet?! All I can say now is you’re my superhero, big mac daddy, and studmuffin for real and I absolutely adore you, you’re amazing. Oh and I’ll be seeing you! I SAW YOU IN YOSEMITE I saw you first on the Merced River, and at the time I didn’t know what I was looking at. I knew you were a beautiful girl with a smile that could stop time and had a body made for summer, but there was no way I could have ever seen what was coming. Soon I was in love, and before I knew it I had a ring in my pocket waiting for the perfect moment. If this works like I hope it will, we are together reading this section like we’ve done a million times before, but this time I will turn to you and ask that you make me the luckiest man in the world. C, what do you think? BLUE JEEP LADY IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD I saw you, your


friend and the beer go into the neighbor’s house. Then I saw you while you were doing the burnout in front of my house a couple hours later as you were leaving, obviously intoxicated. Alas, you were gone before I could reach you, but do know I took photos of your license plate as well as your lovely and very distinctive Jeep as mementos. I will cherish them should we not meet again. Should I detect your presence again, also know that I will be arranging a police escort home for you each time I see you again, and I might have to disclose you’re suspected of drinking and driving. It’s the least I could do to make sure you arrive safely to you destination. MY ONE AND ONLY GUACAMOLE KVH - I saw you on October 25, 2015 at our first date for coffee. Didn’t take long for me to be head-over-heels in love with you. Your sparkling eyes and captivating smile still melt me. I can’t imagine my life without you in it, and I look forward to many, many more years of weenie sammiches with mushrooms, clams and guacamole! Togedder Foredder Babe ~E~ FLYING GOAT, WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 Your were wearing a turquoise shirt, sitting in the bar, having a beer with your buddy. I saw you, we made eye contact, and then a head nod. When I left you were driving a white truck and honked when I turned. I’d like to buy you a beer...spokaneman77@

CHEERS I MISS YOU I am sorry for how things ended. You were the best part of my life, and I still feel like a mess without you around. But I am doing okay now. Your new puppy is so cute, and I’m glad your sister is back in town. I hope nothing but the best for you. Thanks for a good almost four years, I loved you very much, and still do. From your old sweetie pie.

I saw you, we made eye contact, and then a head nod. When I left you were driving a white truck and honked when I turned.

HANDSOME MECHANIC IN LOWERED AUDI. Thanks for stopping and helping me after my car over heated at a gas station. My faith in men had been fully destroyed that week after my long term relationship ended. Thanks for being charming even after my awkward high five. I was caught off guard by your kindness and good looks. Your good deed makes me smile every time I think about it and made me a little more optimistic about my future with men. I’m glad there are guys like you out there. CONSIDER MYSELF LUCKY “7.6 billion people in our world, today... You are my greatest friend. Odds of winning the lottery are 1 in 13,983,816. 543 times over, again, and over, and again. You: WSU. Me: EWU. You: Cougars. Me: Eagles. PARKING LOTS FOR HEALTH Good ol’ Group Health just north of the Red Lion at the Park always made their huge parking lot available for Bloomsday and Hoopfest to promote health. After a huge conglomerate gobbled up Group Health, a “No Event Parking” sign was put up for Bloomsday. Must be some missed internal communication. Please open your lot for Hoopfest. Could other downtown businesses do the same?

JEERS RE: DOCK TEACHERS’ PAY Dear Stupid Person: What a horribly typical, blundering, ignorant, windbag you are. Teachers are finally uniting nationwide and standing up to their greedy,

1. Visit by 3 pm Monday. 2. Pick a category (I Saw You, You Saw Me, Cheers or Jeers). 3. Provide basic info: your name and email (so we know you’re real). 4. To connect via I Saw You, provide a non-identifying email to be included with your submission — like “,” not “”

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right-wing, idiotic Republican state governments because they deserve a living wage, like any other career, while also being forced to pay out of their shallow pockets to make sure YOUR kids have all they need to be successful students, future members of society and world leaders. This often includes: basic classroom materials, instruments, books, and even food or clothing. Why don’t you raise your stupid redneck ass off your FOX News couch and volunteer at a school (if you can pass the highly-intense background checks) or, better yet, enter the teaching field and see what it’s like to plan, facilitate, engage, instruct, assess, mentor and collaborate with anywhere from 25 to 700 kids a week -- YOUR kids -- OUR kids; all of them with differing personalities, backgrounds, behaviors, and problems that you must carry upon your shoulders every day and night. Why don’t you try to “babysit” all these kids, then turn to your government and tell those pathetic leaders that you’re happy living on welfare, too, just to feed your family? No? Of course not! People like you are the reason why we have problem children, severe IEPs and school shooters. Your post to the Jeers only angers those of us who give a shit and who greatly appreciate all the services public education provides to our kids, our community, and society. Remember, without education, you would not have attained the skills to write the piece of crap you submitted last week. Furthermore: IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER! ANTENNA TOPPER THIEF To the jerk that stole my antenna topper

shame on you! It was a very special Wienerschnitzel antenna topper that was glued to my antenna. The hot dog may seem silly which is why you probably wanted to take it and I would have been okay with it had you not bent my antenna. Eventually, Karma will find you. In the meantime I have to replace my antenna and I guess I need to find a new antenna topper thanks a lot SPOKANE VALLEY DRIVERS Hey guess what? You were not born driving - you had to LEARN. Just like my daughter is. Don’t honk when she is making a complete stop at a four way intersection. Don’t ride her bumper when she is driving the speed limit. Don’t flip her off because she is driving legally. Don’t pass on a double yellow line while eating Fritos in one hand and your phone to your ear in the other. Why not practice some patience and understanding? That student driver was your child, grandchild or niece at one point. YOU had to LEARN how to drive, too! We have 4 high schools in the Valley and therefore a large population of student drivers - remember that Spokane Valley drivers. n

















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SPOKANE LILAC FESTIVAL GALA An event honoring out-of-town and military dignitaries, with entertainment by EWU Jazz Ensemble and keynote presentations by the Parade Grand Marshal, Brig Gen. Rhonda Cornum, U.S. Army. May 18, 5:30-6:30 & 6:30 pm. $75. Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post. DG RUMMAGE SALE The Spokane Delta Gamma alumni association hosts a sale to benefit the Spokane Lilac Services for the Blind and the Delta Gamma Foundation. May 19, 8 am-2 pm. Cataldo Catholic School, 455 W. 18th Ave. (624-8759) FRIENDS OF EASTERN WINE TASTING & SILENT AUCTION The Health Services Administration Student Organization hosts a fundraising event for the Friends of Eastern State Hospital, a nonprofit committed to raising funds in support of the unmet needs of patients at Eastern State Hospital. May 19, 3-5:30 pm. $20. Spokane Valley Event Center, 10514 E. Sprague Ave. (509-795-0981) GARDENERS OF CHENEY PLANT SALE The sale offers a variety of plants and vegetables, along with garden art, raffle prizes and free plant starter kits for kids. Proceeds fund scholarships for high school FFA (Future Farmers of America) students or college level horticulture students. May 19, 9 am-1 pm. Free. Mitchell’s Harvest Foods, 116 W. First, Cheney. GLOBAL NEIGHBORHOOD CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT 16 teams compete to become cornhole champions. Lagunitas is sponsoring the beer garden and beer sales go to Global Neighborhood. May 19, 12-9 pm. $10/team. The Lantern Tap House, 1004 S. Perry St. (509-315-9531) CREATIVE KEGGER FUNDRAISER: WRITE A POEM W/ TOD MARSHALL An exclusive fundraiser with Spokane’s creative leaders, with drinks by River City Brewing and food. All proceeds ensure everyone has the opportunity to create, innovate, and imagine their way to brighter futures. Tod is the former Washington State Poet Laureate and English Professor at Gonzaga University. In this class, you will start an original poem, hear about Tod’s experience as poet laureate and take home a limitededition, frameable broadside of one of Tod’s poems. May 24, 7-9 pm. $75. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. (279-0299)


2.0PEN MIC Local comedy night hosted by Ken McComb. Thursdays, from 8-10 pm. Free. The District Bar, 916 W. First Ave. GUFFAW YOURSELF! Open mic comedy night hosted by Casey Strain; Thursdays at 10 pm. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. (509-847-1234) STAND-UP COMEDY Live comedy featuring established and up-and-coming local comedians. Fridays at 8 pm. No cover. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third Ave. YOU NEED A HERO Each week audience suggestions inspire a new superhero who (hopefully) saves the day. Fridays at 8 pm, through June 1. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045)

BRAD UPTON & HARRY RILEY Upton, an ex-teacher, is now in his 32nd year of comedy and is nearing 6,000 lifetime performances. He is a past winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. May 19, 7:30-9:30 pm. $15/$18. Bridge Press Cellars, 39 W. Pacific. (209-1346) HOG WILD! A NIGHT OF COMEDY Mark Morris Comedy brings feature performer Lucas Prahm and Los Angeles headliner Ryan ReAves. May 19, 10-11:30 pm. No cover. Hogfish, 1920 East Sherman Ave. SAFARI The BDT’s fast-paced, shortform improv show in a game-based format relies on audience suggestions to fuel each scene. Ages 16+. Saturdays from 8-9:30 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. THE SOCIAL HOUR COMEDY SHOWCASE Featuring comics from the Northwest and beyond, and hosted by Deece Casillas. Sundays, from 8-9:30 pm. Free. The Ridler Piano Bar, 718 W. Riverside. COMEDY SHOWCASE This showcase lets the audience help pick the “Best Set” of the night from among four local comedians. Third Monday, from 8-9:30 pm. No cover; two-item min. The Buzz Pizzeria, Bar & Lounge, 501 S Thor. OPEN MIC A free open mic night every Wednesday, starting at 8 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. Free. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. (509-318-9998) LATE LAUGHS An improv show featuring a mix of experiments with duos, teams, sketches and special guests. Events on the first and last Friday of the month at 10 pm. Rated for mature audiences. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TOWN HALL An open dialogue about domestic violence in Spokane, with insight from local professionals addressing this issue and seeking to increase public awareness of this epidemic in our city. Guests can listen, ask questions and stand behind victims with their support at this forum. May 17, 5-8 pm. Free. EWU Riverpoint Campus, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. DROP IN & CODE Explore the world of coding using game-based lessons on and Scratch. For kids (grades 3+) and adults. Third Friday of the month, 5-6:30 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. LET FREEDOM RING Greater Spokane Incorporated, in partnership with the Spokane Lilac Festival, honors local military and first responders at this annual event. May 17, 7:30 am. $18-$35. Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. MAIL CALL This Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit explores the history of America’s military postal system and examines how, even in today’s era of instant communication, troops overseas continue to treasure mail delivered from home. Through July 15; Wed-Sat 11 am-4 pm. $4-$6. Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, 12114 E. Sprague. MILLIANNA SPRING FLING JEWELRY SALE The Spokane based fine fashion jewelry house hosts a sale of its locallyhandmade sample pieces at up to 70 percent off retail prices. Ten percent of

sales benefit Daybreak Youth Services Spokane; customers can bring donations of items such as beauty products, swimsuits and clothing to benefit the center’s teen girls. At 905 W. Riverside, Ste. 608. May 17, 12-7 pm. MORAN PRAIRIE GRANGE: A WASHINGTON RURAL HERITAGE EXHIBIT Explore the historical artifacts, photos, and stories of the Moran Prairie Grange in this exhibit made possible by a grant from Washington State Library with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. May 5-29; MonThu 10 am-8 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am-6 pm, Sun 1-5 pm. Free. Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St. (893-8340) RALLY: A NATIONAL CALL FOR MORAL REVIVAL Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is beginning 40 days of moral resistance with rallies planned in 40 state capitals on May 14. Spokane’s Rally: Poverty “Someone’s hurting my family and I won’t be silent any longer” is co-hosted by PJALS Spokane. May 17, 5:30-6:30 pm. Free. Spokane Tribal Gathering Place, 347 N Post St. TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT EXHIBITION This blockbuster exhibit takes visitors on a journey back in time to experience the legend of Titanic through more than 120 real artifacts. The objects, along with room re-creations and personal stories, offer emotional connections to lives abruptly ended or forever altered. Through May 20; Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm (Thu until 8 pm). $10-$18. The MAC, 2316 W. First. URANIUM IN GROUNDWATER IN NORTHEASTERN WASHINGTON Join Sue Kahle from the U.S. Geological Survey to discuss the completed a study of uranium in groundwater in northeastern Washington to make a preliminary assessment of naturally occurring uranium in groundwater and to identify data needs. Lecture to take place in the Lair Auditorium. May 17, 7 pm. Free. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. (533-7000) THIRD FRIDAY SWING A night of dance lessons, dessert and live music by the Jonathan Doyle Quartet from Port Townsend. Includes a beginner lesson from 7-8. May 18, 7-11 pm. $10/$15. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. SPIRIT OF THE EAGLE POW WOW EWU’s Native American Student Association and SFCC Red Nations collaborate to host the “Spirit of the Eagle Powwow.” May 18-19. Friday grand entry at 7 pm; Sat grand entry at 1 and 7 pm. Free. Eastern Washington University, Cheney. MOBILE OFFICE HOURS WITH KATE BURKE Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke is available to listen to suggestions and concerns. Stop by with constituent services requests, ideas to improve our Spokane community, or just to chat. May 18, 9 am-3 pm. East Side Library, 524 S. Stone. (625-6719) RANDOM FANDOM TRIVIA NIGHTS: STAR WARS Adult trivia nights at the library take on some of the biggest realms of fandom. May 18, 6:30-8:30 pm. Free. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main. SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY Telescopes set from the Spokane Astronomical Society are available for public viewing of the moon and other celestial objects. May 18, 7-10 pm. Franklin Park, 302 W. Queen. (328-2402)

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EVENTS | CALENDAR CRUZIN’ HARRINGTON A classic car show, quilt show, community yard sale, art show and more, including food, music, vendors. May 19, 9 am-7 pm. Free. Harrington, Wash. (253-4788) DANCING WITH NORTHWEST HULA Learn more of the culture of hula and the deeper meaning behind the songs of Hawaii. This program is one of many Spokane Public Library events celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. May 19, 3 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. (444-5331) DOWNTOWN WALKING GHOST TOUR Enjoy a spooky, 2-hour stroll through downtown Spokane with storyteller and Spokane historian Chet Caskey. May 19 and June 2, from 7:309:30 pm. $15. Montvale Hotel, 1005 W. First. (363-5418) LET NATURE BE NATURE Ecological inspired plantings can flourish with a fraction of the material and labor required for conventional perennial plantings. Join Cathi Lamoreux, a native of the Northwest and a Master Gardener since 2008, as she helps us understand that we are not powerless to affect change. May 19, 10 am. Free. Manito Park, 1800 S. Grand Blvd. (509-456-8038) SPOKANE CORRESPONDENCE CLUB! The inaugural meeting of the local mail art and letter writing group, inspired by similar projects in the Pacific NW. Some basic supplies will be available; bring extra supplies for yourself or to share with others, like postcards, envelopes, paper, pens, stickers and typewriters. In meeting room 1B. May 19, 2-4 pm. Free. Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main. correspondenceclub (444-5336) SPOKANE LILAC FESTIVAL ARMED FORCES TORCHLIGHT PARADE Celebrating 80 years, the Spokane Lilac Festival presents the largest Armed Forces Torchlight Parade in the nation. A crowd of 150,000+ spectators with 200+ military, equestrian, marching bands and specialty units will go through the 2.2-mile parade route through downtown Spokane. This year’s theme is “Swing Into Spokane.” May 19, 7:45 pm. Free. Downtown Spokane. SPOKANE VALLEY LEMONADE DAY In partnership with the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and local businesses, Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins proclaimed Saturday, May 19, 2018 as Lemonade Day. Young entrepreneurs learn and apply business skills by selling lemonade in stands located at businesses throughout Spokane Valley. May 19. SPRING MEMORIAL Share stories of remembrance over brunch and receive a special keepsake to honor your loved one. May 19, 11 am-1 pm. Free. Hospice of North Idaho Community Building, 2290 W. Prairie Ave. (208-772-7994) STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL The seventh annual vintage and handmade market hosts vendors of antiques and vintage goods, local arts and crafts, salvaged items, homemade strawberry shortcake, fresh strawberry lemonade and more. Proceeds benefit the Moran Prairie Grange Restoration Project. May 19, 10 am-5 pm. Free. Moran Prairie Grange, 6006 S. Palouse Hwy. (710-7979)

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TURNBULL AND SOLO, THE TRUMPETER SWAN Hear the true story of Solo, a senior trumpeter swan, and his family. Solo won the hearts of visitors and staff at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge. Carlene Hardt’s adventures in amateur photography led her to Solo, and she shares his story. May 19, 2-4 pm. Free. Cheney Library, 610 First St. VERMICULTURE COMPOSTING In this basic vermicomposting class, discover the benefits of raising worms and learn how to create a simple worm bin. May 19, 2-3 pm. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. FARM TO NEEDLE TOUR See the process of creating wearable garments from fiber animals. The tour starts at the Olson Family Farm in Greenacres and ends at the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center in Post Falls. May 20, 11:30 am-4 pm. $40/$45. HAUNTED CEMETERIES WALKING TOUR Join Spokane historian Chet Caskey for a stroll through Greenwood and Riverside Cemeteries as you learn about the colorful, funny and sometimes haunting history of Spokane. May 20, 1:30-3:30 pm. $15. Greenwood Cemetery, 211 N. Gov’t Way. HERITAGE GARDENS TOURS Step back in time and experience the gardens as they looked in 1915. Learn about the discovery of the gardens, the carefully planned restoration and the two influential families of early Spokane who made this their backyard. May 20 and 27 from 11 am-noon. Free. Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, 507 W. Seventh. INDIA AT A GLANCE This presentation by Sreedharani Nandagopal gives a brief overview of India followed by a performance of classical South Indian dancing. She will also teach how to create simple Mandalas or Rangolis. May 20, 3 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. FAIRWOOD FARMERS’ MARKET OPENING NIGHT The market returns for the season, featuring new and returning vendors selling fresh local produce, sweets and treats, and various handmade crafts. May 22, 3-7 pm. Free. 319 W. Hastings. (466-0682) PEOPLE FOR EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT Cornell W. Clayton, director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute For Public Policy and Public Service at WSU presents a talk titled “Populism And Political Paranoia — What The Past Tells Us About Overcoming Our Divisive Politics Today.” May 22, 7 pm. Free. Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St. (893-8340) SPOKANE CONTRA DANCE Spokane Folklore Society’s weekly dance: the band River City Ramblers is playing with caller Susan Dankovich. No experience necessary, beginner workshop at 7:15 pm. May 23, 7:30-9:30 pm. $5$7. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. (509-838-5667) SPOKANE VALLEY STATE OF THE CITY An update from Mayor Rob Higgins. May 23, 8-9 am. Free. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place Dr. (720-5000) CELEBRATE EWU Celebrate the university’s 136-year history of fueling the region’s economy and see what’s on the horizon. May 24, 10 am-noon. Free. Montvale Event Center, 1017 W. First. (509-413-2915)

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CRUIZIN’ THE FALLS CAR SHOW An all-day event along Spokane Falls Blvd. featuring a variety of cars for public viewing, culminating with the cars driving the Lilac Parade route at 6 pm. May 19, 10 am-5 pm. Free. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard St. (535-4554) DREAMSHIP Come to the Lilac Bowl and enjoy a tethered ride in the Dreamship Hot Air Balloon for a small donation to the Dreamship foundation, a nonprofit sponsored by Rite Aid to fulfill the dreams of children of fallen soldiers for a college education. May 19, 10 am-6 pm. By donation. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard. (535-4554) HOLISTIC FESTIVAL The day-long event includes free, 25-minute lectures and 50 booths filled with organic and natural products, remedies, body care and pain relief, along with resources on local chiropractors, readers, healers, a shaman and practitioners of massage and reiki. This year’s event also includes a special lecture (2 pm) with the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull. May 19, 10 am-6 pm. $6. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place Dr. (468-9001)


LOVE SIMON Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell anyone he’s gay, and doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. May 17-20; times vary. $3-$7. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. (208-882-4127) KELLY’S HOLLYWOOD Down Syndrome Connections Northwest presents the documentary film followed by a Q&A. The film chronicles the intimate story of an aspiring actor who brings his sister, born with Down syndrome, to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a Hollywood diva. May 20, 4-6 pm. Free/$6. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. SNOW FLOWER & THE SECRET FAN A story set in nineteenth-century China focusing on the life-long friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid social norms imposed on women. May 23, 5:45 pm. Free. Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main Ave. ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY: MACBETH A contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psycho-

logical thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company. May 24, 6:30 pm. $12. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. ISLE OF DOGS In this stop-motionanimated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be quarantined on an island. A boy journeys there to rescue his dog Spots, and gets help from a pack of misfit canines who have also been exiled. May 25-28; times vary. $3-$7. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St.


FRIENDS OF BELLWETHER: BREWERS’ SHOWDOWN The third annual homebrewers competition features five beers on tap from five teams of two competing for your favor. Each team came into the brewery to make their own custom-designed summer beer, but did not receive any additional help. May 17-19. Bellwether Brewing Co., 2019 N. Monroe. SCOTCH & CIGARS Select a flight of whiskey, scotch or bourbon paired with a recommended cigar during an event on the outdoor patio. Thursdays, from 6-10 pm. $15-$25. Prohibition Gastropub, 1914 N. Monroe. facebook. com/Prohibition.Gastropub.Spokane1 SPOKANE CRAFT BEER WEEK The fourth annual event includes more than 50 events at breweries, bars and restaurants around the region, including brewery collaborations, tap takeovers, beer dinners and more. May 1420; times and locations vary, schedule at THE SEASONAL KITCHEN Inland Northwest Food Network’s monthly, hands-on classes are designed to teach participants how to cook nutritious, locally grown seasonal foods. Pre-registration required. Sessions on the third Thursday of the month, 6-8:30 pm. See link for registration and class themes. $25-$30/session. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. KIDS’ PIZZA MAKING PARTY Join us for National Pizza Party Day and come make a delicious pizza from scratch. May 18, 5-6 pm. $23.75. My Fresh Basket, 1030 W. Summit Pkwy. (558-2100) SPOKANE LILAC FESTIVAL QUEENS LUNCHEON The Spokane Lilac Royalty hosts and honors out-of-town Royalty. Along with lunch, guests enjoy a fashion show and a keynote speech by the 2018 Honorary Grand Marshal, Shelley Gilchrist Broader. May 18, 11:30 am. $35/person. Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post. WINE FLIGHT! Taste through a flight of Walla Walla wines with an emphasis on fun and value. May 18, 4-7 pm. $15. Petunias Marketplace, 2010 N. Madison St. html WINE TASTING Taste wines of South Africa; tastings include cheese and crackers. May 18, 3-6:30 pm. $10. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (838-1229) GRUBBIN’ The annual festival offers food from 18 participating food trucks, with a portion of proceeds supporting the Greater Spokane Food Truck Assn.’s charity program. May 19, 11 am-5 pm. $25-$35. Fairwood Shopping Center, 319 W. Hastings.

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Cold, Dark Places How to ensure your bud lasts BY TUCK CLARRY

A Take care of it, and it will take care of you.


fter you dip your toe in the cannabis market and buy a pre-roll every now and then and you’re ready to go full fledged, the next step is to stock up on quality bud. And thanks to the saturated market, an ounce of weed has never been cheaper. But with so many options including vape cartridges, waxes, oils and tinctures, you may be in the situation I’m finding myself, where I’m unsure about the quality of my stockpiled flower. Or maybe you’re reorganizing your jackets now that it’s heating up and you find a baggie of stray bud. When does weed go bad? What’s the best way ...continued on page 58


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“COLD, DARK PLACES,” CONTINUED... to keep cannabis crisp? Unsurprisingly, maintaining the quality of flower is best in cold, dark locations with consistent temperatures. Much like food, mold can grow on cannabis in warmer temperatures (77 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit), and the precious terpenes and cannabinoids — which dictate not only your quality of high but also aromatic flavors — dry out when stored in a hot room. But the darkness of the room is also paramount for ensuring a well-maintained stock. A 1976 study at the University of London found that ultraviolet damage was far and away the biggest culprit of cannabinoid degradation. The study also found that well-stored bud can keep its cannabinoid profile for up to two years and only showed mild deterioration afterwards. So once you find the proper location in your space, it’s time to think about containers. Regardless of the packaging your bud came in, for the love of god, please stop using baggies. There is an allure in differentiating the notes of a strain just like there WEEKEND is a glass of premium wine, but C O U N T D OW N that value is lost if your living Get the scoop on this room smells like Barter Faire. weekend’s events with Not only does it mean your our newsletter. Sign up at flower is in danger of damage and ending up as mere shake, but that smell means both potency and moisture is leaving the bud. Glass jars are the ideal storage for your supply, with the ability of moisture retention as well as not influencing the flavor of the pot. But it’s important to note the size of your container. Obviously, you don’t want to jam your goods into a jar to make it fit, but be aware that having too much space in a jar for your weed will result in trapped air that will inevitably dry it out. Taking care of your herb will not only make it last, but also offer a new appreciation for an industry that now rivals wine, beer and spirits. n




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I’m a 33-year-old woman, and I’ve always been thin. I lost about 12 pounds after a tough breakup. I’m working on getting back to a healthier weight. However, people keep making cutting remarks about how thin I look. Yesterday a friend said, “You’re so skinny it’s gross!” I’d noticed that she’d gained quite a bit of weight, but I didn’t say anything… because that would be rude! She made other digs about my weight, and upon hugging me goodbye, she said, AMY ALKON “Eww, is that your shoulder bone?!” What’s with this double standard? There’d be hell to pay if I said the slightest thing about anyone’s weight gain. —Tempted To Lash Back It is more taboo than ever to make cracks about a woman’s weight — that is, unless she doesn’t have a whole lot of it. Then it’s open season: “Wow, what happened to you? Forget where the supermarket is?” However, it probably is not “people” but “people who are female” who are thinshaming you. Welcome to female intrasexual competition — competition between women — which is covert and sneaky (and thus poisonous) in a way male-on-male competition is not. Men, who evolved to be the warriors and protectors of the species, tend to be openly aggressive. A guy will give another guy a beat-down or publicly dis him: “Yeah, bro, sure you can get a chick to go home with you — if you’ve got five grand for a sex robot.” Psychologist Tracy Vaillancourt explains that women seem to have evolved to avoid physical confrontations (and in-your-face verbal attacks that can lead to them), which jeopardize a woman’s ability to have children or fulfill her function as an infant’s principal caregiver and meal provider. Women instead engage in “indirect aggression” to “reduce the mate value of a rival,” like by “disparaging the competitor’s appearance … or using derisive body and facial gestures to make the rival feel badly about herself and thus less willing to compete.” (Yeah, that’s right. It seems “Mean Girls” was a documentary.) The tricky thing about these indirect attacks is the plausible deniability they confer. Call a woman out for thin-shaming you and she’s likely to duck behind “I’m just worried about your health!” So instead, simply tell her that remarks about your weight hurt your feelings. Speaking up like this says that you aren’t likely to let any future digs slide, yet you remain on moral high ground -- instead of giving back in kind: “Wow, looks like you’ve been exercising a lot. Do you do the backstroke in frosting?”


I’m a married gay man, and I hate my in-laws. They were disgustingly abusive to my husband when he was a child. They’re in failing health now, and it’s important to him to visit them a couple of times a year. How do I get through these mandatory trips? —Dreading It It’s probably tempting to buy his family the sort of classic furniture you think they deserve. Unfortunately, they only ship that model of chair to prisons with a death row. There is actually opportunity within this biannual awfulness you two have to go through. In the movies, people show their love through grand gestures: “We’ll always have Paris!” In real life, according to psychologist John Gottman’s research, the strongest, happiest relationships are made up of constant mundane little loving interactions: “You were so sweet to me in Costco.” Gottman finds that the key determinant in whether a relationship succeeds or fails is the ability to trust one’s partner. This means not just trusting that they won’t cheat but trusting that they’ll continually make you and your needs a priority, on a moment-by-moment basis. For example, as Gottman puts it: “Can I trust you to be there and listen to me when I’m upset? … To choose me over your mother, over your friends? … To help with things in the house? To really be involved with our children?” So, though you can’t undo the past, when you’re on one of these visits, you can shift your focus from hating your in-laws to showing your love for your husband. Listen. Tell him, “I know this is really hard for you.” Hug him. Rub his feet. Once you’re out of the inlaw inferno, you might discuss trying to make a habit of this sort of thing — really being present for each other in the numerous “unimportant” moments of life. This will keep you from being one of those couples frantically trying to plug gaping holes in their relationship with extravagant gestures. Typically, these are ultimately futile -- too little, too late — and tend to not come off as planned. For example, if you’re having 150 doves released over you as you renew your vows, you’d better see that they’re all wearing tiny gold lame diapers. n ©2018, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (

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EVENTS | CALENDAR KOMBUCHA 101 Learn how to make kombucha tea and enjoy free samples. May 19, 4-5 pm. Free. Moscow Food Coop, 121 E. 5th St. WINE TASTING Taste Vino’s staff favorites; includes cheese and crackers. May 19, 2-4:30 pm. $10. Vino! A Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington. SALAD LAB CULINARY CLASS In this hands-on class, experiment with a wide range of greens, sample oils and vinegars and how to mix them with other taste and textural components to create new salads with every season. May 21, 5:30-7 pm. $45. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. COOKING WITH A MULTI-COOKER This class focuses on pressure cooking and includes a demonstration on how to make tikka masala-style chicken and coconut rice. May 22, 5:30-7 pm. $39. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. TOFU TRANSFORMATION Learn proper cooking techniques and how to transform tofu’s texture from soft and bland to chewy and complex. May 23, 5:30-7 pm. $45. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. DUTCH OVEN COOKING INTRO Learn to add a delicious taste to your backyard barbecues, family picnics or camping at the lake. Discover Parking Pass required. May 24, 6-8 pm. $29. Riverside State Park Bowl & Pitcher, 4427 N. Aubrey L. White Parkway. (363-5418) SUSHI MAKING CLASS Experience the world of sushi with Alex, who teaches how to cook the rice to the endless possibilities you can create. May 24, 5:30-7 pm. $49. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (328-3335)


SING FOR OUR WORLD The concert finale of the Spokane Area Youth Choirs’ 31st season features a diverse range of vocal music from all four SAYC ensembles. May 18, 7-8 pm. $6-$10. Westminster Congregational, 411 S. Washington St. (624-7992) SPOKANE SYMPHONY & SPOKANE TRIBE OF INDIANS: MUSIC HEALS The annual concert is a co-production of the Spokane Symphony and the Spokane Tribe of Indians and features masterworks by Dvorak and Wagner, along with Salish singing, drumming and dancing. May 18, 6-8 pm. Antoine Andrews Memorial Hall at Spokane Tribal Pow-Wow Grounds, Ford-Wellpinit & Sherwood Loop Rd., Wellpinit. (458-6500) PIANO BENEFIT CONCERT A performance by five students from the U of Idaho, playing Brahms, Beethoven, Bizet, and more. May 19, 7 pm. $5-$10. Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, 420 E. Second. (208-8824328) SONG BIRDS: LEGENDARY LADIES OF SONG This year’s Love Your Library Concert features the talents of Ruth Pratt, Laura Sable and Bill Wiemuth with selections from the best-known female voices down through the years. May 19, 7:30 pm. $30. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-769-2315) EWU WIND ENSEMBLE & CBC BAND CONCERT A joint concert with the EWU Wind Ensemble and the Columbia Basin College (Pasco) Band. May 20,

3-4:30 pm. Free. Eastern Washington University, 526 Fifth St. programs/music/concerts-and-eventsSPOKANE YOUTH SYMPHONY This concert features winners of 2018 Concerto Competition and a combined performance by the Philharmonic, Sinfonietta and Strings orchestra. May 20, 4 pm. $12-$16. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200) EWU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA A concert featuring Concerto Winners, and a program of music by Mozart, Koussevitzky and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. May 21, 7:30-9 pm. $3$5. Eastern Washington University, 526 Fifth St. BROADWAY ON A BOAT Join Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre for a sunset cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene with an exclusive preview of songs from the 2018 season. May 23, 5:30-8 pm. $30. A GRAND NIGHT FOR SONG Join the ladies of Le Donne for the final free concert of the season, featuring an uplifting variety of music. May 23, 7-8 pm. Free. Central Lutheran Church, 512 S. Bernard St. (624-7992) THE M SHOW: MUSIC, MAYHEM & MYSTERY The second installment of witty and completely unorthodox series led and created by the Spokane Symphony’s creative concertmaster, Mateusz Wolski. May 24-25 at 8 pm. $36$60. Washington Cracker Co. Building, 304 W. Pacific.


CONQUEST OF THE CAGE The card features jiu-jitsu specialist Gillian Noll of Post Falls vs. kickboxing world champion Bea “Bad News Barbie” Malecki of Stockholm, Sweden. Also featuring karate champion and jiu-jitsu black belt Adam Smith and local wrestling standouts: Terrance McKinney and Jacob Mason. May 19, 7 pm. $45-$125. Northern Quest, 100 N. Hayford Rd. (509-242-7000) GIRLS ON THE RUN OF SPOKANE COUNTY 5K Proceeds benefit the Girls on the Run of Spokane County Program, specifically scholarships for girls who cannot afford full registration. May 19, 9 am-noon. $15. Grant Park, 1015 S. Arthur St. LILAC CITY ROLLER DERBY Come watch the Sass take on Whidbey Island Roller Girls. May 19, 6:30 pm. $8-$10. HUB Sports Center, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave.


BYE BYE BIRDIE Recently drafted rock and roll superstar Conrad Birdie comes to give one lucky American teenage girl a goodbye kiss before he is inducted into the Army. May 11-27; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $23-$25. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave. CLYBOURNE PARK The 2011 Pulitzer and 2012 Tony winner for Best Play, Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. May 1112 and 18-19 at 7:30 pm, May 17 at 5 pm and May 20 at 2 pm. $10. Eastern Washington University, 526 Fifth St. MISALLIANCE Shaw’s sharp comedy cleverly examines themes of passivity,

propriety, and political non-involvement in Victorian England. April 27-May 20; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $14-$27. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard. HELLO, DOLLY! The beloved tale of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, the brassy and charismatic matchmaker who turns heads and hearts in turn-of-the-century New York. May 18-Jan. 10; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $15-$32. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. (325-2507) HERCULES: A HERO’S TALE The story of a boy who battles monsters all the while dreaming of finding his true destiny. May 18-19 and 25-26 at 7 pm; May 19-20 and 26-27 at 3 pm. $10-$15. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865)


SENIOR ART EXHIBITION: BECOMING An eclectic selection of works from art and graphic design majors is on display. Closing reception May 19 from 11 amnoon; Mon-Fri 10 am-6 pm, Sat 10 am-2 pm. Free. Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne. SPRING FLING ARTIST OPEN HOUSE Paintings, prints, cards, jewelry, miscellaneous arts and crafts created by Carol Schmauder; all will be for sale. May 18, noon-7 pm and May 19, 10 am-5 pm. Free admission. At the artist’s home, 2720 E. Bruce Ave. (325-4809) CREATE-A-THON WITH REAL-TIME GRAPHICS CLUB Video game makers and interactive artists of all levels are invited to sign up to make something in a day. Food, snacks and encouragement provided. May 19, 9:30 am-8 pm. $15. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. SMASH: 2018 VCD BFA SHOWCASE EWU’s Visual Communication Design BFA program focuses on a culminating project that conveys an issue important to each student; this year’s exhibit is all about “smashing” the norm. Through June 4; Mon-Fri noon-5 pm. Reception May 24, 4:30-6 pm. Free. EWU Downtown Student Gallery, 404 Second St.


LITERARY NIGHT FEAT. CRAB CREEK REVIEW & SCABLANDS BOOKS Anight of reading performances from writers featured in Crab Creek & Scablands’ Lilac City Fairy Tales Vol IV: Towers and Dungeons. May 17, 7-8:30 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. (279-0299) GREAT WRITERS & THE GREAT WAR: LITERATURE AS PEACE ACTIVISM Can literature and the arts really prevent war? Many British writers in the peace movement of the 1930s thought so. Their experiments in writing are the basis for this presentation, which draws many of its examples from the vibrant period before WWII when hopes were high that war itself could be abolished. May 22, 6:30 pm. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry. RIVERSIDE STORYBOOK VOLUME 3 RELEASE The local art and literary journal celebrates the release its latest volume, featuring poetry, photography, visual art, and prose of Spokane teenagers. May 23, 7-8 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. n


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And you don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy dining at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, which also offers lakeside patio service from their WHISPERS LOUNGE. Try a refreshing huckleberry cocktail and a light bite of appetizers. Also check out the BLACKWELL HOTEL at Eighth Street


and Sherman Avenue for live music and adult beverages on Thursday evenings in the summer. If you’d prefer to do the dining — and the cooking — at your place, remember that both locations of the KOOTENAI FARMERS MARKET are now open, with fresh produce and artisan goods from local vendors (as well as flowers, plant starts and handcrafted goods). The Wednesday evening market at Sherman Avenue and Fifth Street is from 4-7 pm, while the Saturday market at Highway 95 and Prairie Avenue in Hayden runs from 9 am-1:30 pm ( Need a little help on what to cook? Sign up for a cooking class with CULINARY STONE, like “German Barbecue” with chef Jonathan Siegler on May 22 or learn a classic Latin American dish, like ceviche, with chef Colomba Zavala on May 31. While there, check out the selection of wines, artisan meats and cheeses and other culinary items. Visit culinarystone. com/classes or call 208-277-4116.

Once you know how to make ceviche, you’ll want fresh fish. Go to FISHERMAN’S MARKET AND GRILL where you can also get amazing seafood cooked to order. And while it’s debatable that local fish would work well in ceviche, you can’t go wrong with pan-fried trout you catch yourself. Get a little help from your friends at FINS & FEATHERS TACKLE SHOP. Whatever your style of dining — indoors, outdoors, do-it-yourselfers — Coeur d’Alene has you covered.


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Upcoming Events Bye Bye Birdie MAY 17-27

This American classic tells the story of the people of Sweet Apple, Ohio, who are caught up in a frenzy when rock and roll superstar Conrad Birdie swings through town. Parents complain, girls swoon, boys fret and no one is left the same. Tickets $23-$25; Lake City Playhouse; Friday-Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday, 2 pm.

Retro Prom Party MAY 18

Get to a thrift store, or dust off your high school prom getup and then shake it to RFB Band playing your favorite 80’s and 90’s covers, with some house music spinning in between sets. This decidedly un-stuffy fundraiser is raising money for Bike CDA, which promotes a safe and active bike culture. Tickets $5 in advance and $7 at the door; Evans Brothers, 504 E. Sherman Ave.; 7 pm to late.

Broadway on a Boat

MAY 23 Enjoy a preview of Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater’s summer lineup aboard a beautiful sunset cruise on the lake. Actors from Forever Plaid, Guys and Dolls and Legally Blonde will perform numbers from their shows. Tickets $30 per person; boarding begins at 5:30 pm; cruise departs Third Street docks at 6 pm

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Entertainment JOHN KAY & STEPPENWOLF Event Center | 7 pm Tickets from $35 An innovator on Rock’s rugged side. John Kay and Steppenwolf brought us rock staples like “Born to be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride”, now they bring their distinctive sound to the Event Center to prove that Rock never softens.








Event Center | 7 pm Tickets from $35

Event Center | 7 pm Tickets from $25

Cedric’s universal appeal, versatility, and tremendous career successes spanning television, live performances, and film have solidified his standing as one of the premier entertainers in the world.

Bill Medley joins forces with Bucky Heard, to bring the Righteous Brothers back to the stage. Featuring a string of their biggest #1 hits, including “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “Unchained Melody,” Medley’s Grammy-winning Dirty Dancing theme “The Time of My Life,” and more!

Event Center | 7 pm Tickets from $35 Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts. The three-time GRAMMY-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry will be stopping by on July 20th for the How Did We Get Here Tour!

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